Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Destroying the Library
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
In 1940 a collector sent the Library of Congress a book titled, RECTs and EXPENDs [receipts and expenditures] U.S. FOR 1810. It survived the British burning of the library in 1814 because British Rear Admiral Cockburn took it for a souvenir. He inscribed it, “Taken in President's room in the Capitol of Washington 24th August 1814.”
In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.
The Star-Spangled Banner Historic
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; Cultural Tourism DC.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
Location. 38° 53.243′ N, 77° 0.135′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast and 3rd Street Southeast, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 3rd Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Capitol in Flames (here, next to this marker); St. Mark's Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); American Legion Post 8 (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Gardens Over the Top (approx. 0.2 miles away); Victory Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
Also see . . . A Spiteful Souvenir. Library of Congress Video. (Submitted on February 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 582 times since then and 40 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week April 24, 2016. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.