When Britain Burned the White House
When: Tue 17 Sep 2013, 18.30-20.30
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £8 / £5 concessions
Discussing his new book, highly-respected journalist, author and broadcaster Peter Snow will detail Britain’s extraordinary invasion of Washington in 1814.
Using a wealth of material including eyewitness accounts, he will discuss the fast-changing fortunes of both sides in this confrontation and will describe the colourful personalities in these spectacular events: Britain’s fiery Admiral Cockburn, the cautious but immensely popular army commander Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig. And on the American side: beleaguered President James Madison, whose young nation is fighting the world’s foremost military power, his wife Dolley, a model of courage and determination, military heroes such as Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and flawed incompetents like Army Chief William Winder and War Secretary John Armstrong.
Peter Snow will reflect upon the far-reaching consequences of this momentous event and the decision of Britain and the United States never to fight each other again.
This event is co-sponsored by the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the Eccles Centre. It will be followed by a reception.