The British Attack on the Capital
About the The British Attack on the Capital Lesson
A lesson on the British attacks in 1814 during the War of 1812, focusing on the burning of Washington. Students read about the battles in 1814 during the War of 1812. The reading is accompanied by true/false questions.
• To present the major historical facts pertaining to the battles in 1814 during the War of 1812.
• To assess the student?s comprehension of battles in 1814 during the War of 1812.
While the War of 1812 began in that year, it was still unresolved and in full battle in 1814. The leaders of young country of the United States perhaps were unwise in their decision to fight with Britain again so soon after the Revolutionary War. There were also missed opportunities to avoid the war altogether since Britain was willing to repeal the Orders of Council that prompted the United States to declare war in the first place. With the delays in communication inherent in that era, the letter declaring war from the United States toward Britain and the letter indicating Britain?s willingness to repeal the Orders of Council were sent within days of each other, only to face long sea voyages before arriving. Even after the letter from Britain arrived, Congressional leaders voted to continue the war.