The Burning of Washington

The following annotated links are from the historical documents section of the National Center for Public Policy and Research.

A British Account of the Burning of Washington

George Robert Gleig

Gleig was a British soldier who witnessed the burning of Washington by the British on August 23, 1814.  This is an excerpt from his book, A Narrative of the Campaign of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans.

The Burning of Washington

Dolley Madison

This material is from a letter by First Lady Dolley Madison to her sister, Anna, describing the British nearing Washington, DC and the need for her to flee the White House, even though she didn’t want to.  As many of us learned in school, before she would leave Mrs. Madison made sure that the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, which hung on a wall at the White House, was taken down and delivered to a safe location.