- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On August 24, 1814, a British army invaded Washington, sent the president and first lady fleeing and burned the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Two hundred two years later, an educational non-profit better known for its work in preserving Civil War battlefields is hosting a pub crawl devoted to the events of that dark day for the nation’s capital in the War of 1812.

Promising to “retrace the steps of the British soldiers,” the Civil War Trust says it will recount “stories of bravery, destruction and humor as we stop in at various watering holes along the route.”

Wednesday’s pub crawl is the first of its kind devoted to the event, but an official with the Trust told the Times she expects a strong turnout given the interest in two previous pub crawls.

“We have done two other bar crawls in Washington, D.C. this year,” Civil War Trust communications director Meg Martin said. “The first toured Lincoln’s route from the White House to Ford’s Theatre on the night of his assassination. The second walked the route of the Grand Review — up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House — when tens of thousands of Union Army soldiers paraded through Washington at the end of the Civil War. We had good turnout at the first two crawls, and we anticipate tomorrow night’s event will be the biggest by far.”



Ms. Martin explained that the pub crawls were designed as “something new to raise awareness” of the organization, which raises money to preserve privately-held battlefields sites that are in danger of development. “These events have helped us introduce the Trust to a new generation of history enthusiasts in the D.C. area.”

But why a War of 1812-themed event?

“In November 2014, the Trust launched Campaign 1776, an initiative to preserve the battlefield land associated with the American Revolution and the War of 1812,” Ms. Martin told the Times. “Our educational programming and interpretation has followed suit to incorporate these wars.”

Registration for the free tour, which begins outside the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m., is online here.

“The tour is free, but the drinks are on you. Light appetizers will be provided at one of our stops,” notes the online sign-up page.

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