Hi Katherine. I have been looking up sources. I saw the dates of the burning of the capital as 24 Aug 1814. I have a conflicting source from a historical anthology (What So Proudly We Hail, by Kass, Kass & Schaub)that says on p747 , in a piece about the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner", the following :"......Key.....inspired.... by the unlikely success of American troops resisting the British attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814, two days after the burning of the capital." Is this possibly a misprint?
As far as the storm in DC, it was from a documentary that was on History, A&E or Discovery channel (I don't remember which), but I was amazed at the information. I will continue to try to find it. From this piece I found online- www.sparknotes.com/history/american/warof1812/section7.rhtml
- there is a reference to the British ships arriving the morning of Sept 11 and commencing an attack that evening. Does this confirm the other accounts or cause a question? I'm not sure. I will continue to research. Please see the reference I noted above from the "Hail" book. Thanx for the challenge! :-D