The Royal Navy’s humiliating attack on the USS Chesapeake in 1807 left many Americans clamoring for war.
Shortly after war was declared in 1812, a pro-war mob in Baltimore destroyed the offices of an anti-war newspaper, igniting riots.
War produces distorted views with each side trying to gain an advantage in the public arena.
Local lore hails the town of St. Michaels for “fooling the British” during the War of 1812.
When the British threatened the nation's capital on August 23, 1814, Stephen Pleasonton led an effort to save important documents.
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.
Learn the history behind the creation of the flag and song known as the "Star-Spangled Banner."
August 24, 1814: Dolley Madison saves Washington’s portrait, with some help.
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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