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Friday, August 8, 2014
The Burning of Washington
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The Burning of Washington: August 24, 1814
This August 24 and 25 mark the 200th anniversary of the
British burning of Washington DC
War of 1812
Prior to the burning, 4,500 British soldiers went up against 5,000 Americans (mostly
) in a
battle at Bladensburg
, Maryland, just 4 miles northeast of Washington. Though the Americans had the advantage of numbers and
, 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
150th Anniversary (1864–2014) This Month in the Civil War: Battle of Mobile Bay
On August 5, 1864, Union admiral
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
. However, the bay also had 3 forts and a field of floating mines (called torpedoes) for protection.
on the morning of the 5th...
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