Sunday, August 24, 2008


This Day in the History of Successful Attacks on Our Capital

On this day in 1814, British troops under General Robert Ross captured Washington, D.C. They were too few to occupy the town, so they set fire to several buildings, including the Capitol and White House, in an effort to do as much damage as quickly as possible. Ross, an Irishman by birth, was shot and killed by a teenage sniper team (I kid you not) on September 12, 1814, in Maryland.

Burn our capital, and you pay the price.


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