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August 24, 1814

The Warrior President

Just to the north-east of Washington, at Bladensburg, a 1500-strong British advance force met some 6500 American militiamen, boosted by a marine detachment and naval gunners.

Badly led, the Americans panicked in the face of the attackers and fled - leaving a small number of regular troops and the naval presence to battle it out.

The British, commanded by General Robert Ross, suffered just under 300 casualties, while the remaining American defenders lost 200.

The way to the American capital was open.



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