Remains of the Capitol After the Fire of 1814
The Burning of Washington took place in 1814, during the Anglo-American War of 1812. British forces occupied Washington, D.C. and set fire to many public buildings. The facilities of the U.S. government, including the White House, were largely destroyed.
KeywordsWar of 1812, fire, United States Capitol building, british forces burned washington d.c., burn down, arson
Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 10) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)