1800-1859 | Burning towns and cities | United States

British troops sack Washington DC

24 August 1814 On 24 August 1814, British troops burned down much of Washington D.C., including the White House, the Capitol, the bridge over the Potomac, the United States Treasury and other government and private properties. The resulting inferno, accelerated by the invaluable collection of books in the heavily timbered Library of Congress, was so vast that…