August 24, 1814
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.
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.
British, commanded by General Robert Ross, suffered just
under 300 casualties, while the remaining American defenders
way to the American capital was open.