Building the New Nation

  • Siege of Detroit

    Siege of Detroit
    American General William Hull surrendered Fort Detroit and his army to the British without a fight. With the capture of Fort Detroit, Michigan Territory was declared a part of Great Britain and Shawnee chief Tecumseh was able to increase his raids against American positions in the frontier area.
  • Battle of Queenston Heights

    Battle of Queenston Heights
    First major battle of war of 1812. The British one. The battle resulted from an attempt by American forces to create a foothold in Canada around the Canadian side of the Niagara River.
  • Battle of York

    Battle of York
    This was an easy win for Americans as they eyed expansion into Canada in the first years of the war. Americans stormed Fort York, defeating the Canadian capital.
  • Siege of Fort Meigs

    Siege of Fort Meigs
    A small British army with support from Indians attempted to capture the recently constructed fort to forestall an American offensive against Detroit, which the British had captured the previous year.
  • Battle of Fort George

    Battle of Fort George
    Americans defeated the British forge and captured Fort George in upper Canada. Americans aimed to drive the British and Canadian forces out of the Niagara frontier and gain control of the northern Niagara River.
  • Battle of Stoney Creek

    Battle of Stoney Creek
    “British units made a night attack on the American encampment, and due in large part to the capture of the two senior officers of the American force, and an overestimation of British strength by the Americans, the battle resulted in a total victory for the British, and a turning point in the defence of Upper Canada.”
  • Battle of Thames

    Battle of Thames
    William Henry Harrison pushed up the river Thames into Upper Canada and on October 4, 1813, won a victory notable for the death of Tecumseh, who was serving as a brigadier general in the British army. This battle resulted in no lasting occupation of Canada, but weakened and disheartened the Indians of the Northwest.
  • Battle Of The Chateauguay National Historic Site

    Battle Of The Chateauguay National Historic Site
    British compelled U.S. forces to abandon a projected attack on Montreal and thus exerted a decisive influence on U.S. strategy during the 1813 campaign.
  • Battle of Horseshoe Bend

    Battle of Horseshoe Bend
    Drove Red Sticks from American Territory. General Andrew Jackson commanded troops in the South, in present-day Alabama and ended the power of the Creek nation. United States forces and Indian allies under General Andrew Jackson defeated the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe, effectively ending the Creek War. Effectively ended Creek resistance to American advances into the southeast, opening up the Mississippi Territory for pioneer settlement.
  • Battle of Chippewa

    Battle of Chippewa
    This was the longest and bloodiest military battle. American victory. US forces that restored American military prestige but expected naval support needed for a U.S. advance to the north and west failed to materialize. About 2,000 British regulars and Canadian militia from Fort George and along the lower Niagara, under General Phineas Riall, rushed southward to stem the U.S. advance. On July 5 Riall launched an attack at Chippewa upon the more numerous U.S. forces and was badly beaten.
  • Battle of Lundy’s Lane

    Battle of Lundy’s Lane
    This battle was fought during the war of 1812. Took place on July 25th, 1814, in Niagara Falls, Canada. This war started because the Americans were wanting to gain control of the Niagara Peninsula and hoping to move to York, Kingston, and Montreal. This helped end the US invasion.
  • Siege of Fort Erie

    Siege of Fort Erie
    “This battle was caused by the Americans and the British both wanted the Northern Territory surrounding Lake Erie for themselves. In the end of the battle, the British were defeated by the American Navy.”
  • Battle of Bladensburg

    Battle of Bladensburg
    The British attacked Washington then invading in bladensburg. The British had around 4,000 men. They startled launching rockets at the Americans. British men kept coming while Americans didn’t have many men. They took advantage by crossing the bridge. After taking down Americans the road to Washington was clear so the British continued to go to the capital. They fired on Americans and inflamed the capital building and set fire to burn down the White House. They left a trail of destruction.
  • Battle of Baltimore

    Battle of Baltimore
    A sea/land battle fought between British invaders and American defenders. This lasted about 3 days. The American forces repulsed sea and land invasions off the busy port city of Baltimore, Maryland, and killed the commander of the invading British forces.
  • Battle of Cooks Mills

    Battle of Cooks Mills
    The last engagement between U.S. and British armies in the Niagara, and the penultimate engagement on Canadian soil during the War of 1812. After about a half-hour, American forces out-maneuvered the British column and destroyed all grain and flour.
  • Battle of New Orleans

    Battle of New Orleans
    A famous battle that occurred after the War of 1812 is ironically finished. Battle that made Andrew Jackson a war hero- he was able to bring together Americans and inspire them to fight the British.