Today In History- August 25

Today In History- August 25


Washington, D.C. is burned and White House is destroyed by British forces during the War of 1812.

U.S. Capitol burned as British advance in War of 1812.

  • Washington D.C., USA

A decisive battle for the British against the United States, on August 25, 1814, the British Army burned the newly established capital of Washington D.C.  The British participated in the raid as a result of the American burning of York, or modern-day Toronto, which was a prominent British stronghold.  Among other sites that were desecrated were the Capitol Building, and the offices housing the U.S. Treasury Department.  Surprisingly, the British originally entered the city in hopes of reaching an agreement with the Americans, though were fired on, and retaliated in a hostile manner.  Despite this indifference from the British Army, the United States emerged victorious, ending the last major conflict between the two nations.

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