Capitol Conflagrator? Major General Robert Ross and the Burning of the Capitol in 1814

Major General Robert Ross

Family portrait of General Robert Ross, reproduced courtesy of Mr. Stephen Campbell, Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Join us at noon on Wednesday, August 6 in Ketchum Hall of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building to hear John McCavitt discuss the role of Major General Robert Ross in the War of 1812. Following his rout of American forces at the Battle of Bladensburg, Ross led his troops into the capital city where they participated in the burning of several public and private buildings. Unlike his naval counterpart in the expedition, Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn, Ross did not relish his role in the destruction. Dr. McCavitt will share the results of his study of Ross for a forthcoming biography.

Dr. John McCavitt, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is co-authoring a biography of General Ross with Chris George from Baltimore. Dr. McCavitt resides in Ross’s hometown, Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland.