War of 1812

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    James Madison's Presidency

  • US Army incrased from 12,000 to 35,000 soldiers

    This expansion was meant to combat British presence in Canada. However, they found few recruits since the war was unpopular.
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    War of 1812

  • America's First Attempt to Invade Canada

    Poorly trained and equipped American troops and Canadian Allies lea dby William Hull driven back to Detroit out of Canada by professional Britsh troops and their native and Canadian allies lead by Issac Brock.
  • Battle of Queenston Heights

    Second American attempt to invade Canada. British Victory but resulted in general Brock's death.
  • Secretary of War William Eustis replaced with John Armstrong Jr.

    This replacement strengthens the leadership of the American Army. Armstrong attempts to lead an invasion of Montreal but he was unable to overcome the issues of poorly trained troops.
  • Napoleon Abdicates

    This ended British conflict with France, leaving more troops avaliable to fight in the American theater of the war. This allowed the British to make their way to Washington DC.
  • Britian and France become allies

    After Britian defeats Napoleon, they forged an alliance with France, ending trade restrictions which helped to cause the war. This signaled that the war in the Americas was nearing an end.
  • Burning of Washington

    The British Army burned many public buildings in Washington DC including the White House and Treasury Building. US forces had already burned the Navy Yard to keep it from British use.
  • Francis Scott Key writes "The Star Spangled Banner"

    The morning after the Battle of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key writes the poem after seeing the American flag still standing on the battlements.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Signed in Ghent, Belgum. Neither side lost or gained any territory. However, news of the treaty did not reach troops in time to stop the battle of New Orleans.
  • Congress ratifies the Treaty of Ghent

    The next day James Madison met with the British diplomat. The treaty was finalized on the 18th.