Arlington Event Details
The Battle of the White House in 1814 and America’s First Response to the Burning of Washington
This battle of was not fought at the White House, it was fought at the white house that was the customs house of William Fairfax on Belvoir Neck just south of Mount Vernon on the Virginia bank of the Potomac River. O’Neill will describe the intense five-day attack on seven British warships as they sailed down the Potomac after the British burned Washington and after their capture of Alexandria when they looted warehouses, and captured 21 sailing craft moored or sunk at the city docks.
After the devastation British inflicted on Washington, several hundred American Navy personnel under the command of Commodore John Rodgers and Captains David Porter and Oliver Hazard Perry assisted by local militias were directed to “annoy or destroy” the British squadron. Both British and American forces fought valiantly. O’Neill will show why these five days are important both locally and nationally.
Patrick L. O’Neill has 30 years of experience as an independent historian and archaeologist. He has been conducting research on the War of 1812 for more than a decade. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Kansas State University and a Masters in History from West Texas A&M.
The program will begin at 7:00 pm at Marymount University in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. For additional AHS information, contact 703-892-4204 or visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
Driving Directions: Marymount University provides free parking. Attendees should enter at the library gate on 26th Street, North and park in the garage at the bottom of the incline to the left. Attendees can also enter the main entrance gate (located at 2807 N. Glebe Road) and park in the main lot in front of the stone Lodge building. The Security Station at the main entrance can help direct where to park.
Public Transportation: A free Marymount shuttle bus is available from the Ballston-MU Metro Station (Orange and Silver lines). The University is also accessible via Metro bus routes 23A and 23T; exit at the N. Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive stop.