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Vogel: 4 myths about 1814 burning of Washington

On Independence Day 199 years ago, there was little cause for revelry in Washington. With America on the brink of defeat in the War of 1812, some feared it would be the nation’s last Fourth of July celebration. The British forces threatening to dismember the union would bring their own fireworks – setting the White House, the Capitol and other public buildings ablaze in August 1814.

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