United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

Burning of Washington, D.C.

U.S. morale sank after the burning
of Washington's public buildings
(Source: Wikimedia Commons--public domain)

Question 131448:

Which of the following are true about the 1814 British attack on Washington, D.C.?

I. It included burning the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
II. President Madison fled the city, as did most members of Congress.
III. It occurred partly in retaliation for U.S. troops burning York (Toronto) in earlier action.
IV. Following the attack, British troops moved on Baltimore, but eventually withdrew.

A) I, II, and III only
B) I and IV ony
C) II, III, and IV only
D) none of the statements is true
E) all of the statements are true

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