Escape Across the Potomac
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Bridge on Fire
The next day, the British captured this end of Long Bridge while the Americans held the Virginia side. After a fierce thunderstorm crippled the drawbridge mechanism, each army set its end of the bridge on fire, reducing the Potomac crossings to either the Georgetown ferry or Chain Bridge, five miles upstream.
"The streets were...crowded with soldiers and senators, men, women, and children, horses, carriages, and carts...all hastening toward a wooden bridge which crosses the Potomac. The confusion...was terrible, and the crowd upon the bridge was su;ch as to endanger its giving way."
Lt. George Robert Gleig, British soldier.
A historical illustrator later imagined the British watching the Capitol burn.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.229′ N, 77° 1.928′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 14th Street Southwest south of Independence Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is just north of the Holocaust Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 14th Street Southwest, Washington DC 20227, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yates Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson Memorial Arch (within shouting distance of this marker); The General Dwight David Eisenhower Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); James Wilson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Wilson Memorial Arch (about 300 feet away); Smokey Bear Blue Spruce
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4. submitted on November 27, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.