Jul 022019

“The War of 1812 and The Burning of The White House”

A Talk by

Professor Brian Holden-Reid

Was on the 27th October 2014 in The McDonald Gallery, Gurkha Museum.

The War of 1812, fought between the UK and the United States of America at sea and on land and lasting for two and a half years, is little known about in this country. Few are aware of its causes, course and consequences, and that the outcome was eventual defeat for the British at the Battle of New Orleans (8th January 1815).

It was during the War of 1812 that the White House was set ablaze by British troops on 24th August 1814 – the bicentenary of which was noted but little remarked upon in August this year. Professor Brian Holden-Reid is Professor of American History at King’s College, London.

He was Resident Historian at the Army Staff College, Camberley, from 1987-97, the first civilian on the Directing Staff for over a century. He has a wide knowledge of American history and is, in particular, an acknowledged expert on the American Civil War.

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