• Bombs bursting in air over Baltimore in 1813

    War of 1812

Places of the War of 1812

Places from Places of the War of 1812

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  • Castle Williams

    Drawing of Castle Williams: a round fort on the edge of the water

    During the War of 1812, New York City had become one of the most heavily fortified cities in the country. Its plan of defense was designed by engineer Colonel Jonathan Williams. Named after him was Castle Williams, completed in 1811. This circular fortress made of red sandstone stood watch in New York harbor on Governors Island, near Brooklyn and Manhattan. But would it work to defend this important American city? Read more

  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

    Chalmette Battlefield

    7th infantry firing at a Battle of New Orleans commemoration

    Just downriver from New Orleans in Chalmette is the site of the January 8, 1815, Battle of New Orleans: Chalmette Battlefield. Read more

  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve


    Large crowds of cars and people in foreground, houses of Fazendeville in background

    When the smoke of the battle cleared, and the bodies returned to the earth, life went on at the site of the Battle of New Orleans. The land changed hands a number of times, by 1870 belonging to free man of color and grocer of New Orleans Jean-Pierre Fazende. He subdivided it into 33 lots and sold off the swampy, unappealing land to eager buyers: former slaves and free people of color following the Civil War. And so, Fazendeville war born. Read more

  • Fort George National Historic Site

    Fort George National Historic SiteFort George National Historic Site

    The Fort was headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812. British regulars, local militia, aboriginal warriors, and Runchey's corps of freed slaves served there. A prime target for American assault, Fort George was attacked on May 25, 1813 and again two days later. Read more

  • Fort York National Historic Site

    Watercolor of Fort York before its destruction

    On April 27 1813, Americans targeted Fort York for their first combined army and naval attack. Sailing out from Sackets Harbor in New York the American fleet met with Brig. General Zebulon Pike's troops on the ground compiling a force of some 2,700 men with eighty-five cannons against the defending British force of 750 British, Canadians, Mississaugas, and Ojibways and twelve cannon. Read more