African Americans fought on both sides during the War of 1812. Even when on opposing sides many were fighting for the same reason and that reason was freedom. African Americans played an important part in many battles such as the Battle of Lake Erie, the battles around Baltimore, during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, and the Battle of New Orleans. Many will sacrifice everything for a country that did not treat them equal. Many stories are lost to time because of this unequal status, however here are some of their stories.