By Peter Snow
In August 1814, the USA military was once defeated simply outdoor Washington, D.C., via the world's maximum army strength. President James Madison and his spouse had barely enough time to escape the White residence prior to the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to dinner party at the meal nonetheless sitting at the Madisons' dining-room desk ahead of surroundings the White apartment on fireplace. the level of the destruction used to be large; accomplished in wooden instead of marble, every little thing contained in the mansion used to be flamable. simply the outer stone partitions might face up to the fire.
The tide of the conflict of 1812 could speedy flip, in spite of the fact that. under a month later, American troops may stand positive on the conflict of citadel McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck via the sight of the yank flag waving over fortress McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that will be set to track and develop into the U.S. nationwide anthem, "The superstar Spangled Banner."
In his compelling narrative variety, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer's amazing confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of fabric, together with eyewitness bills, Snow describes the colourful personalities on either side of these excellent occasions: together with the beleaguered President James Madison and primary girl Dolley, American heroes akin to Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and mistaken army leaders like military leader William Winder and struggle Secretary John Armstrong. at the British aspect, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the wary yet immensely renowned significant normal Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig.
When Britain Burned the White House highlights this unprecedented second in British and American historical past, the brave, winning protection of castle McHenry and the yank triumph that might persist with, and America's and Britain's selection to by no means back struggle each one other.