The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812

The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812

by Jane Hampton Cook


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The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812 by Jane Hampton Cook

It's unimaginable today, even for a generation that saw the Twin Towers fall and the Pentagon attacked. It's unimaginable because in 1814 enemies didn't fly overhead, they marched through the streets; and for 26 hours in August, the British enemy marched through Washington, D.C. and set fire to government buildings, including the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Relying on first-hand accounts, historian Jane Hampton Cook weaves together several different narratives to create a vivid, multidimensional account of the burning of Washington, including the escalation that led to it and the immediate aftermath. From James and Dolley Madison to the British admiral who ordered the White House set aflame, historical figures are brought to life through their experience of this unprecedented attack. The Burning of the White House is the story of a city invaded, a presidential family displaced, a nation humbled, and an American spirit that somehow remained unbroken.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621574781
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 467,623
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

JANE HAMPTON COOK is an award-winning author who brings history and biographies to life. Jane is the author of nine books, including America’s Star-Spangled Story and American Phoenix. Cook served former president George W. Bush as a webmaster for five years, including three in the Texas governor’s office and two in the White House as deputy director of Internet news services. Cook is a frequent guest on Fox News and numerous other television, radio, online, and print outlets.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Part 1

1 The Pirate 3

2 Mighty Little Madison 11

3 Hello, Dolley 23

4 Dueling Strategies 33

5 Knickerbockers 45

6 Torpedo 59

7 Chesapeake Fever 67

8 Snubbed By Dolley 73

9 Washed Up at Craney 91

10 Atrocious Hampton 99

11 Dear Dolley 107

Part 2

12 The White House 123

13 Hospitality and Hostility 131

14 Noses For News 141

15 Not Your Average News Day 151

16 Superabundant Force 161

17 Twenty Thousand Reinforcements 173

18 Hanging Madison 183

19 Invasion 189

20 The British are Coming 201

21 Spyglasses 213

22 Bladensburg Races 225

23 Capitol Conflagration 235

24 White House Inferno 246

25 Displaced Or Conquered? 255

Part 3

26 Phoenix Spices 265

27 Phoenix Multitude 275

28 White House Phoenix 287

29 Dawn's Early Light 299

30 Relocating The Capital City 309

31 Poor Mrs. Madison 323

32 Presidents' Club 333

33 Uplifting News 341

34 Rise of the First Lady 353

Epilogue 361

Acknowledgments 369

Bibliography 371

Notes 381

Index 421

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JCoburn 5 months ago
This well-written book introduces the reader to the characters and events that preceded the burning of the White House and the attack on Fort McHenry that led to the writing of the star-spangled banner. It's somewhat comforting to know that the party politics that seem to plague our nation today were commonplace in the early 19th century as well. Yet we survive. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting more information on the early history of the United States. A great read!