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FOREST_150405_01.JPG: Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail:
Escape Across the Potomac
As war with Britain wore on, some U.S. military leaders believed the nation's capital, with its inland location and military defenses, was safe. So Washingtonians were cruelly surprised when the British invaded on August 24, 1814. As the enemy burned some of the public buildings, people gathered what they could carry and fled. Many crossed the Potomac River to Virginia on the Long Bridge, a wooden drawbridge on the site of today's 14th Street Bridge.
A British engraving dated October 14, 1814, shows the destruction of Long Bridge (letter H) among other key events.
Bridge on Fire:
The next day, the British captured this end of Long Bridge while the Americans held the Virginia side. After a fierce thunderstorm crippled the drawbridge mechanism, each army set its end of the bridge on fire, reducing the Potomac crossings to either the Georgetown ferry or Chain Bridge, five miles upstream.
A historical illustrator later imagined the British watching the Capitol burn.
"The streets were... crowded with soldiers and senators, men, women, and children, horses, carriages, and carts... all hastening toward a wooden bridge which crosses the Potomac. The confusion... was terrible, and the crowd upon the bridge was such as to endanger its giving way."
-- Lt. George Robert Gleig, British soldier
FOREST_150405_08.JPG: A historical illustrator later imagined the British watching the Capitol burn.
FOREST_150405_11.JPG: A British engraving dated October 14, 1814, shows the destruction of Long Bridge (letter H) among other key events.
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2015 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
I retired from the US Census Bureau in god-forsaken Suitland, Maryland on my 58th birthday in May. Yee ha!
Trips this year: two Civil War Trust conferences (Raleigh, NC in March, and Richmond, VA in June) and two personal trips (to San Diego Comic-Con in July and down for a Florida quickie in August) after I retired.
Ego Strokes: Carolyn Cerbin used a Kevin Costner photo in her USA Today article. Miss DC pictures were used a few times in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 550,000.