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Title:
When Britain burned the White House : the 1814 invasion of Washington
ISBN:
9781250048288
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Physical Description:
x, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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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