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British Burn the Capitol, 1814, a painting by Allyn Cox in the Hall of Capitols, a corridor in the House side of the United States Capitol. It depicts the burning of Washington during the War of 1812. (Source: U.S. Diplomacy Center)

Adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe

The British invaded Washington, D.C. The Capitol was burned. President James and Dolly Madison fled the White House. On SEPTEMBER 1, 1814, President Madison wrote: “The enemy by a sudden incursion has succeeded in invading the capitol of the nation… During their possession…though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices…An occasion which appeals so forcibly to the…patriotic devotion of the American people, none will forget.”

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Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie, oil on canvas painting by Thomas Birch, c. 1814, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

We Have Met The Enemy

“We have met the enemy and they are ours,” wrote Navy Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, who died AUGUST 23, 1819. Captain Perry was renowned for his victory during the War of 1812 over 6 British warships in the Battle of Lake Erie.

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Capture and Burning of Washington by the British, in 1814, wood engraving, 1876.

Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift

The War of 1812 began on JUNE 18, 1812. The British captured American ships and enslaved sailors. They incited Indians to capture Fort Mims, massacring 500 men, women and children. They captured the Capitol, burnt the White House, bombarded Fort McHenry and attacked New Orleans. Outraged, many volunteered for the Army, including Davy Crockett.

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