The War of 1812 still fresh in the minds of both Americans and Canadians, fueled the need for venegence and war. The American invasion of Canada and British burning of the Whitehouse gave both sides a need to yet again face each other in a "Third War of Independence".
Invasion of Virgina
The British supplied with a strong invasion fleet of 50, 000 sent from London itself and issued by King George III, made a land invasion, the force destroyed any beach defence, capturing several ports and burning towns and other key cities. They made a march toward Richmond seizing the city, after stiff resistance by US regulars and miltia.