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British Burn the Capitol, 1814

Allyn Cox

Oil on Canvas



On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops burned the Capitol and almost all other public buildings in Washington. The Capitol, shown ablaze in the background, was gutted, and only a sudden rainstorm prevented its complete destruction.



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Taken on October 12, 2011