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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Burning of Washington



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How much do you know about burning of Washington, D.C.?

The Burning of Washington: August 24, 1814

This August 24 and 25 mark the 200th anniversary of the British burning of Washington DC during the War of 1812.
Save 25% on All-Access Membership Limited time.Prior to the burning, 4,500 British soldiers went up against 5,000 Americans (mostly militiamen) in a battle at Bladensburg, Maryland, just 4 miles northeast of Washington. Though the Americans had the advantage of numbers and artillery, the untried and poorly led militiamen didn't stand much of a chance against the better trained and disciplined British soldiers. Three hours of battle had the Americans fleeing...Continue Reading

150th Anniversary (1864–2014) This Month in the Civil War: Battle of Mobile Bay

Civil War Collection 150th Anniversary
On August 5, 1864, Union admiral David Farragut led his ships into Mobile Bay, Alabama, to battle the Confederates for control of the last major port for Confederate blockade runners.
Farragut's force consisted of 14 wooden ships and 4 ironclad, while Mobile Bay was protected by only 3 gunboats and 1 ironclad, the Tennessee. However, the bay also had 3 forts and a field of floating mines (called torpedoes) for protection.
Farragut began his attack on the morning of the 5th... Continue Reading
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