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- A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday in a riot that left four people dead.
- It was the first mass breach of the Capitol since the War of 1812.
- On August 24, 1814, British forces invaded Washington, DC, and burned the Capitol and the White House.
on Wednesday, forcing members of Congress to evacuate a joint session certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Rioters , looted items, and broke their way into the Senate Chamber where Vice President Mike Pence had presided moments before. The chaos left
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Across the country, protesters have rallied outside, as well as inside, state capitol buildings over Trump’s false claims of voter fraud.Just hours after Trump encouraged the crowd at a rally to “take our country back” and his lawyer Rudy Guiliani suggested “trial by combat,” hundreds of people clad in Trump-emblazoned gear and carrying Confederate flags climbed the steps of the building, breached barricades, broke windows, and entered the halls of the Capitol — an insurrection that threatened the lives of lawmakers inside.
The last time a large, violent group breached the Capitol was over 200 years ago during the War of 1812, when the British invaded Washington, DC. Here's what happened on that fateful day in 1814.
The Capitol building was still under construction when British troops invaded Washington, DC, during the War of 1812.
President George Washington laid the Capitol building's cornerstone in 1793, and Congress met for the first time there in 1800.
Designed by William Thornton, the design featured a central building with two rectangular sections on its north and south ends for the Senate and the House of Representatives. The building also housed the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.
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But by 1812, the US was at war with Great Britain, sparked in partbetween the countries. In August 1814, around 4,500 "hardened" British fighters "fresh from the Napoleonic wars" landed southeast of Washington,
After a victory against American soldiers on August 24, 1814, British forces headed to Washington, where they set fire to the White House and the Capitol building.
When word of the incoming army reached Washington, DC,, most of its residents fled, clearing the way for them to wreak havoc.
British soldiers torched the White House and the Capitol building in retaliation for when Americans burned the Canadian capital at York in 1813.
"I have never beheld a spectacle more terrible and at the same time more magnificent," French minister Louis Sérurier said of the scene.
In the House of Representatives (now the National Statuary Hall), British forces covered furniture in gunpowder paste and set it ablaze, creating a fire so hot that it.
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A fire fuelled by the Library of Congress' 3,000 books also spread to the Senate Chamber.
According to the Washington Post, the fires could be seen from.
First lady Dolley Madison was hailed as a hero for saving the White House's portrait of George Washington from falling into British hands.
Madison was in the middle ofwhen she was evacuated from the White House.
"Our kind friend, Mr. Carroll, has come to hasten my departure, and is in a very bad humour with me because I insist on waiting until the large picture of Gen. Washington is secured, and it requires to be unscrewed from the wall," she wrote. "This process was found too tedious for these perilous moments; I have ordered the frame to be broken, and the canvass taken out it is done, and the precious portrait placed in the hands of two gentlemen of New York, for safe keeping. And now, dear sister, I must leave this house, or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it, by filling up the road I am directed to take. When I shall again write you, or where I shall be tomorrow, I cannot tell!!"
I was a journalist on the ground at Capitol Hill yesterday. Here's what it was actually like watching rioters storm the building right in front of me.
Andrew Denney is a 36-year-old Brooklyn-based journalist who was on the ground in Washington DC yesterday as rioters stormed the US Capitol building. He describes the chaos, anger, and oddly festive mood of the mob of Trump devotees who broke windows, kicked down doors, and scaled walls to enter the building. "It was eye-popping to witness the acrimony that Trump supporters, part of a movement that has shown strong support for law enforcement, had for the Capitol Police," Denney says. One Trump supporter Denney spoke to said he hoped the siege would remind Congress and the Senate that the Capitol is "our house.
The incident mirrors the 2021 riot by pro-Trump insurrectionists, whenas they left the Capitol building.
The Capitol lay in ruins after the British left Washington, DC.
Aside from the extensive fire damage, the Capitol walls weresuch as: "George Washington founded this city after a seven years' wars with England-James Madison lost it after a two years' war."
Much of the exterior structure and interior spaces remained intact thanks to the fire-proof building materials used by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
Latrobe had used sheet iron, marble, sandstone, zinc, and copper to construct the Capitol. The masonry vaulting -- also held up well in the fire.
Congress temporarily met in the Blodgett's Hotel before finding a more long-term substitute at the Old Brick Capitol from 1815 to 1819.
The site of the Old Brick Capitol is.
The Capitol's Small House Rotunda survived the fire and remains one of its oldest rooms.
The Small House Rotunda in the Capitol's south wing consists of spaces from the entrance door on the first floor, up a grand staircase, and into the rotunda at the doorway of what is now the National Statuary Hall.
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The room still contains theand Seneca stone flooring.
Contrary to popular belief, these holes in a Capitol column aren't bullet holes from the War of 1812 — they're the result of a different Capitol fire.
There are, however, still.
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