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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2021 8:56 p.m. PST

"The Burning of Washington—one of the most noteworthy episodes of the War of 1812—took place on August 24, 1814. After capturing the capital city, the British famously burned many of its most important buildings, including the White House.

Hanging in the White House was a painting of George Washington, known as Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne Portrait. Today it is one of the most iconic representations of Washington.

Rescuing the painting was no simple feat. The eight-foot-tall portrait was bolted to the wall of the dining room, making it difficult to move or transport. According to Paul Jennings, a teenage footman enslaved by the Madisons, steward John Sioussat and gardener Thomas McGaw were instructed by Mrs. Madison to hack away at the portrait's frame. Once the painting was free, it was turned over to two New Yorkers, Jacob Barker and Robert G.L. De Peyster, for safekeeping.."
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Augustus01 Feb 2021 10:36 p.m. PST

It will be a Hollywood movie soon. Except the zombies will be played by dolphins. And Washington will be a teenage girl. And, of course, they won't get any of the uniforms right.

Brechtel19802 Feb 2021 3:59 a.m. PST

Allegedly, the British did not burn the US Marine Corps Commandant's house out of respect for the stand of the Marines and sailors commanded by Joshua Barney at Bladensburg.

The house is still the official residence of the Commandant of the Marine Corps…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2021 11:41 a.m. PST



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