Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.

This Day in History

On August 24, 1814 (during the War of 1812), British troops enter Washington, D.C. and set the White House on fire. President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, fled before they arrived. Before leaving, Dolley was able to save a full-length portrait of George Washington that hung on the walls of the White House.

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