By Peter Snow
In August 1814, the us military was once defeated simply outdoors Washington, D.C., via the world's maximum army energy. President James Madison and his spouse had simply enough time to escape the White condo earlier than the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to ceremonial dinner at the meal nonetheless sitting at the Madisons' dining-room desk prior to atmosphere the White condo on fireplace. the level of the destruction was once monstrous; complete in wooden instead of marble, every little thing contained in the mansion used to be flamable. in basic terms the outer stone partitions might stand up to the fire.
The tide of the warfare of 1812 may fast flip, even if. below a month later, American troops might stand successful on the conflict of castle McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck via the sight of the yank flag waving over citadel McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that will be set to song and turn into the U.S. nationwide anthem, "The celebrity Spangled Banner."
In his compelling narrative sort, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer's impressive confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of fabric, together with eyewitness debts, Snow describes the colourful personalities on each side of these astounding occasions: together with the beleaguered President James Madison and primary woman Dolley, American heroes corresponding to Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and incorrect army leaders like military leader William Winder and battle Secretary John Armstrong. at the British aspect, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the wary yet immensely well known significant common 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 background, the brave, winning safeguard of fortress McHenry and the yank triumph that may stick with, and America's and Britain's determination to by no means back struggle one another.