War of 1812

  • Chesapeake Affair

    USS Chesapeake fired on and boarded by the HMS Leopard off Norfolk, Virginia
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act passed by US Congress halting trade with Foreign Nations (repealed in 1808)
  • James Madison Elected President

    Republican James Madison beats out Federalist candidate Charles Colesworth Pinckney and a second Republican candidate George Clinton to become the 4th President of the United States. Clinton becomes Vice President.
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    was fought on November 7, 1811, between United States forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Native American warriors associated with the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (commonly known as "The Prophet") were leaders of a confederacy of Native Americans from various tribes that opposed U.S. expansion into Native territory. As tensions and violence increased, Governor Harrison marched with an army of about 1,000 men to disperse th
  • War Begins

    U.S. President Madison declares war or Great Britain.First time US declares war on another country.
  • Battle of Lake Erie

    The Battle of Lake Erie, sometimes called the Battle of Put-in-Bay, was fought on 10 September 1813, in Lake Erie off the coast of Ohio during the War of 1812. Nine vessels of the United States Navy defeated and captured six vessels of Great Britain's Royal Navy.
  • Battle of Thames

    The Battle of the Thames, also known as the Battle of Moraviantown, was a decisive United States victory in the War of 1812 against Great Britain. It took place on October 5, 1813, near present-day Chatham, Ontario in Upper Canada. Led by future president William Henry Harrison, it resulted in the death of the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, and the destruction of the Native American coalition which he led.
  • Burning of Washington

    The Burning of Washington in 1814 was an incident during the War of 1812 between the forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and those of the United States of America. On August 24, 1814, after defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, a British force led by Major General Robert Ross occupied Washington, D.C. and set fire to many public buildings. The facilities of the U.S. government, including the White House and U.S. Capitol, were largely destroyed.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    The diplomats in Ghent signed the Treaty of Ghent. The treaty was ratified by the British three days later on December 27 and arrived in Washington on February 17 where it was quickly ratified and went into effect, thus finally ending the war. The terms called for all occupied territory to be returned, the prewar boundary between Canada and the United States to be restored, and the Americans were to gain fishing rights in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
  • Battle of New Orleans

    US's greatest military victory of the war; Andrew Jackson leads 5,000 US soliders against 7,500 British soldiers and comes away with a victory and only 21 casualities. Jackson is regarded a war hero which leads to his election to the presidency in 1828.