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Trees mark site of Wiley's Tavern, Route 7.

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Northern Virginia’s Role in the War of 1812

200-year perspective

To most Americans, the War of 1812 is the "forgotten war." Its mention conjures images from a short list: The burning Capitol; Francis Scott Key writing poetry during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore; or Dolley Madison fleeing the White House with George Washington's painting under her arm.


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