War of 1812

  • Old Ironsides

    Captain Isaac Hull destroy HMS Guerriere. British artillery fire falls to damage USS Constitutions hull, gave the ship its nickname "Old Ironsides"
  • US declares war on Great Britain

    Signals the beginning of the War of 1812
    War was started to due to the impressment of US sailors. The interference in American trade was also another reason for US involvement
  • June - August:

    Riots break out in Baltimore in protest of the war
  • First Major Battle

    Disaster for the US, General William Hull leads 2200 men and surrenders to British without a shot fired at Detroit
  • Re-elected

    James Madison is re-elected to a second term as president of the US, Elbridge Gerry is elected Vice President
  • York Burning

    American forces capture York and burn public buildings
  • White House Burned

    British capture Washington D.C.
    The White House, Capitol and executive department offices are burned
    John Armstrong, secretary of war balmed for the poor intelligence, which forced him to resign
  • Lake Champlain

    US forces turn back 11,000 British under George Prevost
    Established superior position on the lake and shoreline
    After the defeat Prevost retreats to Canada
  • End of the War of 1812

    The Treaty of Ghent is signed ending the War of 1812
    Returned any conquered territories to their rightful oweners and the settlement of a boundary between Canada and the US
    Neither side really gained anything
  • Battle of New Orleans

    US wins greatest battle in Battle of New Orleans
    General Andrew Jacson and 5000 Americans turn back 7500 British