195 Years Ago Today: White House Battery Silenced
- On September 6, after shifting their ballast to the port side to
enable 63 starboard guns to elevate sufficiently to engage the
batteries, the frigates HMS Seahorse and HMS Euryalus, and the brig
HMS Fairy opened on the White House Battery, manned by the Virginia
militia and a detachment of sailors and marines from the USS Essex.
After 45 minutes, the broadside guns silenced the 13 American cannons,
and the British moved downstream.
All eight British warships and 21 merchant vessel prizes moved back to
the main fleet.
History of the White House Battery:
Photographs from the recent 195th commemoration:
12th US Infantry