June 18, 1812: A deeply divided United States declares war on Great Britain. War is declared for many reasons: continuing violations of American neutrality, forced enlistment of American sailors in the Royal Navy, rumors of British alliances with American Indian tribes, and a desire by some Americans to annex British Canada.
Although the War of 1812 officially ended with the stroke of a pen in Washington, D.C., the men and women of 1815 saw the American victory on a field in Chalmette as the war's true end. It was also the beginning of a true American identity: no longer would Americans think of their country as a collection of states with different interests, but rather as a nation which drew its strength from its differences. E pluribus unum---"Out of many, one."
In 2015, Chalmette Battlefield and other sites of Jean Lafitte commemorated the 200th anniversary of the war that united the United States. From muskets to tactics, from upcoming events to historical people and places, you can find out more about the War of 1812 at the links below.
- the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial
- National Park Service War of 1812 website - includes stories about people and places and essays about important issues.
- Visit 1812 website - news, events, and War of 1812 locations throughout Canada and the United States
- the War of 1812 website - articles and information from a Canadian viewpoint
- Canadian national parks and the War of 1812
- Discover 1812 - Niagara Legacy Council's War of 1812 website
- The War of 1812 - a public television documentary with a website that has information about War of 1812, ideas for classroom projects, excerpts from journals of participants, and more.
- the state of Louisiana's Battle of New Orleans bicentennial commemorations.
- Chalmette Battlefield and the annual Battle of New Orleans commemoration were featured as a National Park Getaway in December 2011. Follow the link to learn how history comes alive in January each year for the battle's anniversary. Please note that the dates mentioned in the Getaway are for 2012.
- Discover the Battle of New Orleans through the eyes of high school students who participate in Recognizing Our Roots, which turns students into 1815 soldiers and camp followers through an intensive living history study program.