The capture and burning of Washington by the British on Aug. 24, 1814, is depicted during the War of 1812. This is a wood engraving published in 1876. The depiction is not accurate because the Capitol had no center building in 1814. (By Richard Miller Devens from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Over the weekend, there was a bit of a hubbub over a Tweet from the British Embassy in Washington, marking the 200th anniversary of the British sack of Washington and razing of the White House during the War of 1812.