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Battle of Bladensburg

Bladensburg Historic Map
Sketch of the Action fought near Bladensburg Library of Congress

Historical map of the Battle of Bladensburg

The Battle of Bladensburg opened the road for the British Army to sack and burn Washington, D.C.  American militia broke quickly under fire from the British veterans, many of whom had just come from fighting Napoleon in Europe.  Only a desperate rear-guard action prevented the capture of the whole American force.

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Bladensburg, MD | August 24, 1814
Result: United Kingdom Victory
Estimated Casualties
United States
United Kingdom