The poorly trained and ill-equipped American militia, though superior in number, were no match for the seasoned British army. That night, as buildings in Washington burned and the victors ravaged the White House, news of the rout at Bladensburg spread throughout the countryside.
"The enemy are in full march to Washington. Have the materials to destroy the bridges." — Secretary of State James Monroe to President James Madison, August 23, 1814.
Tour several War of 1812 sites in the Bladensburg area:
Start at the visitor center at Bladensburg Waterfront Park for information on these and other attractions:
* Bostwick House — Home of a British prisoner-of-war agent
* Upper Marlboro — Several 1812 sites from time of British occupation
* Dueling Grounds — Site of significant battle engagements
* Riversdale — Historic house museum with exhibits and programs on plantation life during the war
* George Washington House — Cannon fire from the battle reputedly scarred this 1765-era structure
Wounded in battle, American hero Joshua Barney was captured by the British, then pardoned for bravery.
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|Date Added||Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 6:13pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 331971 N 4311398|
|Decimal Degrees||38.93543333, -76.93863333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 56.126', W 76° 56.318'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 56' 7.56" N, 76° 56' 19.08" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1200-1226 Anacostia Tributary Trail System, Bladensburg MD 20710, US|
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