The nation is impatient to go to war against the British, but has few resources to support the idea. A deficient American leadership and untrained, insufficient army fight chaotically outside the capitol before ultimately giving in to England's Major General Ross and Admiral Cockburn. The result: Washington gives up without much a fight, and a fire designed to prevent its navy yard from being captured by the British succeeds in burning large areas of the new city as well. The British, sometimes reluctantly, burn The President's House, the Capitol Building, and all state office buildings revealed to them. The events of this short summary cover about the first half of this amazing book.Since its publication in 1998, The Burning of Washington has apparently gone on to become the title to read for info on the events of the War of 1812. The U.S. Senate includes it in its reference book list, and Pitch’s book is the only title given by Wikipedia on the subject.