War of 1812 - Burning of Washington bibliography

Anonymous. A subaltern in America; comprising the narrative of the campaigns of the British army, at Baltimore, Washington, &c., &c., during the late war. 1833. E355.S94 Historical Society 
E355.6 .S94 Library of Congress

Barton, Wilfred M. The road to Washington. 1919. 
975.5238/B293 Wash/Ref 
E356.W3 B2 Library of Congress
E356 .W3B2 Historical Society

The Bladensburg races : written shortly after the capture of Washington City, August 24, 1814.1816 
E356.B5 B5 (Office) Library of Congress

Bosco, Peter I. The War of 1812.1991. 
975.52/B742 Wash/Ref 
E354 .B67 1991 Library of Congress

Caffrey, Kate. The twilight's last gleaming. 1977. 
975.52/C129 Wash/Ref 
E354 .C3 Library of Congress

Ewell, James. The medical companion : ... with a dispensatory and glossary ; to which are added a brief anatomy of the human body . . .. 1816. 
RC81 .E916 1816, RC81 .E916 181 Toner Coll (Rare Books), Library of Congress
RC81 .E916 1816 Historical Society

Gleig, G.R. The campaigns of the British army at Washington and New Orleans. [1847] 1972. 
975.52/G557 Wash/Ref 
E355.6 .G55 Library of Congress
E355.6 .G553 Historical Society

Herrick, Carole L. August 24, 1814 : Washington in flames. c2005.
E356.W3 H47 2005 Library of Congress

Ingraham, Edward D. A sketch of the events which preceded the capture of Washington, by the British, on the twenty-fourth of August, 1814. 1849 
full text from GoogleBooks 
E356 .W3 I5 Historical Society
E356.W3 I5 Library of Congress

Lloyd, Alan. The scorching of Washington. 1974. 
975.52/L793 Wash/Ref 
E354 .L55 1975 Library of Congress
E354.L55 1975 Historical Society

Lord, Walter. The dawn's early light. 1972. 
975.52/L867 Wash/Ref 
E354 .L85 Library of Congress 
E354.L85 Historical Society

Marine, William M. The British invasion of Maryland, 1812-1815.[1913] 1965. 
975.52/M338a Wash/Ref 
E359.5.M2 M3 Library of Congress 
E359.5.M2M3 Historical Society

Muller, Charles. The darkest day: 1814.[1847] 1972. 
975.52/G557 Wash/Ref 
E355.6 .M8 Library of Congress

Pitch, Anthony. The burning of Washington: the British invasion of 1814. 1998. 
973.523 P682 Wash/Ref 
E356.W3 P49 1998 Library of Congress 
E356 .W3 P49 1998 Historical Society

Tucker, Glenn. Poltroons and patriots. 1954. 
975.52/T892 Wash/Ref 
E354 .T8 Library of Congress 
E354.T8 Historical Society

Tully, Andrew. When they burned the White House. 1961. 
975.52/T923 Wash/Ref 
E356.W3 T8 Library of Congress

United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Invasion of Washington, 1814. Report of the committee appointed on the twenty-third of September last to inquire into the causes and particulars of the invasion of the city of Washington, by the British forces in the month of August, 1814. 1814. 
AC901 .B3 vol. 64, no. 6 Bailey Pam Library of Congress 
E356.W3 U5 1814 Batchelder Coll Library of Congress

Weller, Michael I. "Unwelcome visitors to Washington, August 24, 1814", by M.I. Weller and James Ewell, M.D.; 
(with) The military and private secretaries of George Washington, by Mary S. Beall. 1895. from Records of the Columbia Historical Society, v. 1, no. 2, p. 55-118. 
975.306 C726 v.1 (microfilm) Wash/Ref
F191.C72 (v.1) Historical Society
E356.W3 W4 Library of Congress

Williams, John S. History of the invasion and capture of Washington.... 1857. 
full text from GoogleBooks 
975.52/G557 Wash/Ref 
E356.W3 W7 and F197 .W72 and Microfilm 22575 E Library of Congress 
E356.W3W7 Historical Society


Article (online)

The burning of Washington / Anthony Pitch "White House History" - 1998 Fall V.4

Library of Congress/American Memory Library of Congress's "Today in History" August 19: The Burning of Washington

Digital Resources--Images/text

Madison's observations--from his Papers, through Library of Congress/American Memory The Writings of James Madison. Edited by Gaillard Hunt. James Madison, August 24, 1814. Observations on the capture of Washington DC by British troops.

Manuscript Collections

Smith, Margaret Bayard. Papers, 1789-1874 1796-1840 [microfilm].
Description: 3,600 items. 
11 containers. 
8 microfilm reels. 
Biographical/Historical Data: Social leader, author, and prominent Washingtonian. Mrs. Samuel Harrison Smith. 
Summary: Correspondence, diaries, journals, and commonplace books. Chiefly correspondence between Smith and her sisters Jane Bayard Kirkpatrick and Maria Bayard Boyd, and her husband, journalist and banker, Samuel Harrison Smith (1772-1845). Other correspondents include Mary Hering Middleton, Madame A. Emilie Pichon, and Eliza S. Quincy. Topics covered include Washington, D.C., social life, Presidential elections, the British occupation of Washington, and visits to Monticello. 
Microfilm D.C. Archives, Washington, D.C. 
Microfilm. Library of Congress

Cockburn, George, Sir, 1772-1853. Papers of Sir George Cockburn, 1788-1847 
Description: 4,400 items. 
18 containers. 
11 microfilm reels. 
7 linear feet. 
Summary: Correspondence, logbooks, journals, fleet orders, reports, and other papers relating to Cockburn’s career in the British Royal Navy. Subjects include the War of 1812 and British naval activities against France and Spain, especially in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Indian Ocean. Documents Horatio Nelson’s Mediterranean exploits, the attempt to rescue King Ferdinand VII of Spain, destruction of the Danish navy (Søværnet) in 1801, the burning of Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, and the exile of Napoleon I. Also includes material relating to Spanish colonies in South America and the history of the West Indies, the Bermuda Islands, and the Middle Atlantic states. 
Microfilm. Library of Congress

Thornton, Anna Maria Brodeau, 1775?-1865. Papers of Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton, 1793-1861. 
Description: 7 items. 
7 containers. 
Biographical/Historical Data: Wife of architect William Thornton.
Summary: Seven bound volumes containing diaries, journals, essays, log of household visitors, daily log of activities, household accounts, silhouettes of unidentified people, and other papers primarily describing social life in Washington, D.C., with extensive detail about housekeeping and expense matters. There are gaps in the diaries, with a major one occurring during the years 1816-1827. Includes entries relating to the schedule and work of Thornton’s husband, architect William Thornton, on the east elevation of the Capitol, correspondence with Thomas Jefferson, visits to President Jefferson’s home, a smallpox outbreak, paving of Pennsylvania Avenue, the British invasion of Washington, D.C., in 1814, the gun explosion on the steamship Princeton in 1844, inauguration of President James K. Polk in 1845, return of land to Virginia from Washington, D.C., in 1846, trips to Virginia, North Carolina, and Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Thornton’s years spent in Tortola, Virgin Islands. A collection of autographs includes signatures of Henry Clay, James Madison, and John Peter Van Ness. 
Library of Congress

United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.) 
Records of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., 1815-1834. 
Description: 1 oversize item. 
0.4 linear feet. 
Summary: Manuscript volume recording names of tradesmen and the hours and location of their work during the rebuilding of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., following its burning by the British during the War of 1812. 

War of 1812 Eyewitnesses Interred or Memorialized in the Congressional Cemetery
scroll down for "Biographical Notes"---including obituaries and other snippets of information, some quite extensive


Also consult: NUCMC for additional manuscript materials



Library of Congress Bibliography on War of 1812


Matthew Gilmore, August 2007 (1/2004, 12/2003, 1998)

with suggestion from Cynthia Earman