2. The War of 1812 lasted 32 months, following the U.S. declaration of war on Britain in June 18, 1812.
That’s longer than the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and U.S. involvement in World War I. We’re not sure how it compares to the Last Great Time War though. We’ll get back to you on that one.
4. Right before burning the White House, British troops chowed down on some Presidential grub.
When they broke into the deserted mansion, they found a full banquet laid out in the dining room. Dolley Madison, expecting the U.S. to hold off the British, had ordered a victory feast for her husband and his aides.
5. Myth alert! The White House DID NOT get its name after it was painted white to cover up burns and cracks from the fire.
The tan-coloured sandstone exterior was already whitewashed by the time the redcoats arrived. In fact, Washingtonians had begun calling it ‘the White House’ as early as 1810.
7. After the burning of the White House, President James Madison and his wife never again lived there.
President Madison served the rest of his term residing at the nearby Octagon House, a fine residence in its own right. President James Monroe was the next president to live in the reconstructed White House. He moved there in 1817.
9. The battle of Bladensburg in August 1814 was the only battle in American history where the President, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of State were all present.
Madison is also the only sitting President besides Lincoln to show up on an active battlefield.
10. Francis Scott Key’s ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ was set to the melody of an English drinking song.
The tune is called ‘To Anacreon in Heaven.’ Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics after he saw a huge American flag waving over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, indicating that the fort was holding out against the British. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ became the American national anthem in 1931.
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