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Battle of Washington

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Definition: British "victory" that resulted in the burning of many U.S. government buildings, including the Capitol, White House, the War Office, and the Treasury building. The British defeated a ragtag force of soldiers and militia at Bladensburg, right outside Washington, and then marched into the capital city. As soon as they set fire to the buildings, they retreated.

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The War of 1812
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British Account of the Burning of Washington
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Battle of Washington
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