Tag Archives: war of 1812

Strategically Important: West Point

Today’s post comes from Adam Berenbak, archivist in the Center for Legislative Archives in Washington, DC. The Continental Army and Gen. Samuel Parsons first occupied the land at West Point, New York, owned by Steven Moore, in the winter of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The burning of Washington

August 24, 2014, marks the 200th anniversary of the British burning of Washington during the War of 1812. In August 1814, British forces occupying the Chesapeake Bay began to sail up the Patuxent River in Maryland. Fearing an attack on … Continue reading

Posted in - Constitution, - Declaration of Independence, National Archives History | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

“A Signal Victory”: The Battle of Lake Erie

Our new Featured Document–Oliver Perry’s letter to the Secretary of the Navy–will be on display from September 10 to 19, 2014, at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  Today’s blog post was written by former student employee Meghan O’Connor. Early … Continue reading

Posted in Letters in the National Archives, News and Events, Pennsylvania Avenue | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tornado saves capital, scares British

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. One hundred and ninety-six years ago today, the British sacked the District of Columbia. They were, in turn, sacked by a tornado. In 1814, the … Continue reading

Posted in - Revolutionary War, Myth or History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment