• Chesapeake-Leopard Affair
    Chesapeake-Leopard Affair

    The Royal Navy’s humiliating attack on the USS Chesapeake in 1807 left many Americans clamoring for war.

  • Baltimore Riots
    Baltimore Riots

    Shortly after war was declared in 1812, a pro-war mob in Baltimore destroyed the offices of an anti-war newspaper, igniting riots.

  • Propaganda during Wartime
    Propaganda during Wartime

    War produces distorted views with each side trying to gain an advantage in the public arena.

  • The Town that Fooled the British?
    The Town that Fooled the British?

    Local lore hails the town of St. Michaels for “fooling the British” during the War of 1812.

  • Save the Documents!
    Save the Documents!

    When the British threatened the nation's capital on August 23, 1814, Stephen Pleasonton led an effort to save important documents.

  • Privateers Make Their Mark
    Privateers Make Their Mark

    At the start of the war, the young U.S., with its tiny navy of frigates, started using privately owned vessels to disrupt British trade.

  • The Star-Spangled Banner
    The Star-Spangled Banner

    Learn the history behind the creation of the flag and song known as the "Star-Spangled Banner."

  • Saving Washington’s portrait
    Saving Washington’s portrait

    August 24, 1814: Dolley Madison saves Washington’s portrait, with some help.

  • Trouble in Alexandria
    Trouble in Alexandria

    The city of Alexandria, Virginia was saved from British destruction when a neck scarf gave way.

Last updated: August 21, 2021

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