Historian and author Patrick O’Neill presents The Battle of the White House: Bringing the Seat of War to the Potomac River near Mount Vernon in September 1814 on Wednesday, April 30th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, located at 201 S. Washington Street. in Alexandria, Virginia.
This lecture, co-sponsored by the Alexandria Historical Society and the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, explores the impact of the battles that waged in and around Washington, DC in 1814. The Battle of the White House near Belvoir and Indian head will be emphasized. This battle, which lasted five days as Americans attacked the British ships from bluffs above the Potomac, was one of the longest engagements of the War of 1812.
This lecture is part of a larger War of 1812 lecture series, including:
April 30, 2014 The Battle of the Whitehouse by Patrick O’Neill
May 6, 2014 The Internal Enemy, slavery and War in Virginia from 1772 to 1832 by Alan Taylor
May 28, 2014 Through the Perilous Flight: The Capture and Occupation of Alexandria by Steve Vogel
Cost is $5 per person; free for Alexandria Historical Society members. To purchase tickets, visit the online shop or call 703.746.4994.
While war was declared in 1812, it did not reach Alexandria’s shores until 1814. The City of Alexandria and community partners are commemorating Alexandria in the War of 1812 through lectures, concerts, a film series, and specialty tours, culminating in a free Signature Event in Waterfront Park on Sunday, August 31, 2014 from noon—5 p.m.
For more information and a complete listing of Bicentennial events, visit visitalexandriava.com/1812.
Source: City of Alexandria