The Burning of The Executive Mansion
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The British are going to burn the Executive Mansion!?
We need to save the portrait of George Washington!
President Madison got news that the British were threatening the Executive Mansion. However, they had already made prearranged plans to leave if the British where ever to attack.
Although Dolley Madison did not know that the George Washington portrait was a copy of the original, she still abandoned some of their belongings to save the portrait.
As people were running around trying to save portraits and other belongings, people in the kitchen were making food and setting the table.
Once Dolley Madison and everyone else in the executive mansion left, the British came to burn it.
The British started burning the executive mansion. The stone structure of the building stayed but the inside furniture and the floors burned.
Before all of the executive mansion burned, there was a huge storm, possibly a hurricane that put out all of the fires that were in Washington that night.