When Britain burned the White House : the 1814 invasion of Washington

Title
When Britain burned the White House : the 1814 invasion of Washington

Author
Snow, Peter, 1938-

ISBN
9781410474858

Edition
Large print edition.

Physical Description
517 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm.

Geographic Term
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Capture by the British, 1814.
 
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Campaigns.
 
Maryland -- History -- War of 1812 -- Campaigns.

Local Subject
Large print editions.

Summary
In August 1814, the United States army was defeated just outside Washington, D.C., by the world's greatest military power. President James Madison and his wife had just enough time to flee the White House before the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to feast on the meal still sitting on the Madisons' dining-room table before setting the White House on fire. The extent of the destruction was massive; finished in wood rather than marble, everything inside the mansion was combustible. Only the outer stone walls would withstand the fire. But the tide of the War of 1812 would quickly turn. In this compelling narrative, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer's extraordinary confrontations.


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Park Grove Library (Cottage Grove)BookLP 975.302 SNO11Large Print Collection
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)BookLP 975.302 SNO11Large Print Collection