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Outside view of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and sign.
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Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
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Detailed view of Chrysanthemum flowers
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Blog Posts Tagged 'War of 1812'

A Most Magnificent Ruin: The Burning of the Capitol...

Posted by AOC Curator Office on August 22, 2012

Drawing of the U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, George Munger, 1814
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (present-day Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., in August 1814, to set fire to much of the city. Follow the path the British took to burn the U.S. Capitol and learn more about the damage done to this historic building.

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