— Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —The U.S. Capitol was the British troop's first target when they arrived in Washington on August 24, 1814, only hours after their afternoon victory at the Battle of Bladensburg. The invaders fired rockets through the Capitol's windows. When the building's iron-plated ceiling prevented the fires from spreading, the attackers burst inside, piled up the furniture, draperies, and other combustible, and fired a rocket into the mess. The result was a fire so intense that it melted glass light fixtures.
|Series||This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series|
|Placed By||Cultural Tourism D.C|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 326339 N 4306184|
|Decimal Degrees||38.88738333, -77.00225000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 53.243', W 77° 0.135'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 53' 14.58" N, 77° 0' 8.1" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 245-299 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC 20003, US|
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