25 Aug 2014

Yesterday, 200 Years Ago

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BurningtheCapitol

Two hundred years ago, Admiral Cochrane with 4500 troops defeated a mixed American force of militia and naval personnel at Bladensburg, Maryland, then captured and occupied Washington, D.C. On August 24, the British burned the President’s Residence, the Capitol, and the Library of Congress. The British, however, refrained from burning the Marine barracks and the Marine Corps Commandant’s House, as a compliment to Captain Samuel Miller and the 116 Marines who had brought two 18-pounder guns and three 12-pounder guns from the Washington Navy Yard, and placing them astride the Washington turnpike, defied British frontal assaults, until out of ammunition and under attack from the flank, the Marines made an orderly withdrawal functioning as a rear guard and preventing the British from overtaking the routed American militia.

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Marines at Bladensburg

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ace

I count it as one of the earliest and greatest Canadian victories.

They had to whitewash the “President’s Residence” afterwards to cover up the burns and scorching, and forever afterwards, it’s been known as the ….. White House!



Surellin

General Sir George Cockburn was involved in the burning of Washington also. He was an ancestor of Alexander Cockburn. Typical.



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