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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Today in history



1814 British capture and burn Washington

During the War of 1812, British forces under General Robert Ross overwhelm American militiamen at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, and march unopposed into Washington, D.C. Most congressmen and officials fled the nation's capital as soon as word came of the American defeat, but President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, escaped just before the invaders arrived.

fast forward to two days later...

On August 26, General Ross, realizing his untenable hold on the capital area, ordered a withdrawal from Washington.



You, Brits, must have learned a valuable lesson; which is, Washington, D.C. is no place you want to be during the dog days of summer.

10 Comments:

At 2:07 PM , Blogger Poosh said...

It rules to be British.

 
At 3:06 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

 
At 3:36 PM , Blogger Poosh said...

:)

 
At 12:51 AM , Blogger Fred said...

LOL. But, we appreciate the visit.

 
At 4:53 AM , Anonymous the letter b said...

soz, the brits might have failed with this one, but it's the canucks who managed to burn the white house down.

:D

oops.

 
At 6:20 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

You got that right about summertime and Wash DC!

Nasty, nasty weather...

 
At 11:21 AM , Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Thank you. Please visit my posting on this matter for further perspicacity.

 
At 5:49 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Vicus, I'm on my way over to see what treasure you have produced.

 
At 7:44 PM , Anonymous Adam said...

Canada has a military?

/I kid, I kid...

 
At 8:52 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Adam: Canada has one old plane (pre WWII), one old tug, and "Dad's Army," which all makes up for their military.

 

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