Item: Letter to William Shaler from Vincent Gray describing the Burning of Washington, D.C. and the Battle of New Orleans

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Record Number: 8716
Collection: Shaler family papers [0589]
Box Number: 1
Folder Number: Correspondence, 1815-1818
Correspondent: Shaler, William, Gray, Vincent
Address: Havana, Cuba
Date of Original: August 1814,May 3 1815
Original Format: Manuscripts › Correspondence
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Letter to William Shaler from Vincent Gray describing the Burning of Washington, D.C. and the Battle of New Orleans. William Shaler was the United States agent in Mexico and consul general to the Barbary States and Cuba. Gray's letter details the destruction British troops caused when they entered Washington, D.C. in August 1814, which included burning the White House and Capitol Building. Gray also describes the American victory at the Battle of New Orleans.