Battle of Bladensburg

After the British victory over American forces at Bladensburg, British troops marched on Washington and burned many public buildings, known as the Burning of Washington. - AsNotedIn



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Y/M/D Description Place
1813/00/00 Gen John Stricker enlist Henry Thompson and The First Baltimore Horse Artillery to deliver messages between Washington and Bladensburg, reporting on the movements of British troops and ships.
1814/08/00 General Robert Young leads 500 men, including a company of artillery led by Captain Marsteller, to defend the approaches to Fort Washington. Fort Washington, Fort Washington
1814/08/19 British make landfall in Benedict, Charles County, and begin marching to Nottingham, Maryland. The town of Nottingham offers little resistance, and the British follow the road along the Patuxent River to Upper Marlborough.
1814/08/22 British Major General Robert Ross confiscates and set up his Head Quarters at the home of Dr William Beanes in Upper Marlborough.
1814/08/23 In council with Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Cockburn, Ross decides that the army will leave Upper Marlborough and head south.
1814/08/23 General Robert Ross moves his Head Quarters to Mellwood. Melwood Park, Upper Marlboro
1814/08/23 British troops are billeted in Trinity Church on their way to Washington, DC. They stabled their horses in the old frame sanctuary and kneaded bread on the tombstones in the churchyard. Trinity Episcopal Church, Upper Marlboro
1814/08/23 As British troops near, Dolley saves the 8 ft tall Stuart portrait of Washington. Bolted to the wall, she has the frame broken and the canvas rolled up. Two men from New York take it for safe-keeping. Dolley flees with the important papers. The White House, Washington, DC
1814/08/23 Dolley Madison arrives at Bellevue (Dumbarton House) to rendezvous with her husband. She receives word that his plans have changed and that he will meet her on the other side of the Potomac. Dumbarton House, Washington, DC
1814/08/24 Captain Robert Dade, in Cramer's Detachment of Maryland Militia, battles the British at Bladensburg. Colmar Manor, Maryland
1814/08/24 In front of the Sewall house, a drunk man concealed in the garden shoots at General Ross, missing him but killing his horse. Ross orders his soldiers to burn the house, but no great damage was done and the house was repaired by 1820. Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site, Washington, DC
1814/08/24 Navy Yard's commander, Commodore Thomas Tingey, is told by the Secretary of the Navy to burn the yard and the 3 ships in various stages of completion to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
1814/08/24 British troops set fire to US Capitol building. United States Capitol, Washington, DC
1814/08/24 74-gun frigate Columbia which was within a few weeks of being launched and gunboat Argus in the final stages are burned by American troops. The nearly completed schooner Lynx survived. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
1814/08/24 Originally erected in 1808, a gilded bronze pen held by the marble figure of History, palm held by Fame and the forefinger and thumb of the scantily-clad Native American figurine are stolen from the Naval Monument, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC. US Naval Academy, Annapolis
1814/08/24 On a fresh horse, Madison escapes from Washington by taking the Georgetown Ferry to Mason's Island and crosses over the Causeway into Virginia. He then travels the Georgetown Road to the Alexandria and Leesburg Road. Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial, Washington, DC
1814/08/24 British troops enjoy feasting on White House food using the presidential silverware and china before burning the President's House. The White House, Washington, DC
1814/08/24 President James Madison stops at Wren Tavern on Broad Street (razed). Madison may have actually stayed at Longview. Longview, Falls Church
1814/08/24 President Madison takes refuse at Salona, where he probably spends the night. Salona, McLean
1814/08/26 Thomas Tingey returns to find that Quarters A and B have been looted and stripped of all hardware, doors and windows by DC residence who scaled the short, wooden fence. Tingey ordered the fence around the base to be increased to a height of 10 feet. Quarters B, Washington Navy Yard, Washington Navy Yard
1814/08/26 Thomas Tingey returns to find that Quarters A and B have been looted and stripped of all hardware, doors and windows by DC residence who scaled the short, wooden fence. Tingey ordered the fence around the base to be increased to a height of 10 feet. Quarters A, Washington Navy Yard, Washington Navy Yard
1815/05/08 To replenish the book collection that was destroyed by the British during the War of 1812, Congress buys Thomas Jefferson's 6,487 volume library. Brought to the Capitol's west center building, the last wagon-load of books left Monticello 8 May 1815. United States Capitol, Washington, DC
1815/05/08 To replenish the book collection that was destroyed by the British during the War of 1812, Congress buys Thomas Jefferson's 6,487 volume library. Brought to the Capitol's west center building, the last wagon-load of books left Monticello 8 May 1815. Monticello, Charlottesville
1815/05/08 To replenish the book collection that was destroyed by the British during the War of 1812, Congress buys Thomas Jefferson's 6,487 volume library. Brought to the Capitol's west center building, the last wagon-load of books left Monticello 8 May 1815. Library of Congress's Jefferson Building, Washington, DC

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