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Bladensburg - August 24, 1814

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Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland
Bladensburg - August 24 1814
Bladensburg - August 24 1814

The Revolutionary War Trust’s (formerly Campaign 1776) battle map 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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