|6/18/1812||Declaration of War||38 52 N 77 2 W||Pres. Madison was honked off about the Brits stopping our trade and hijacking seamen ("Hello, Sailor!")|
|7/12/1812||US invades Ontario, from Detroit||42 19 N 82 02 W||As noted below, this didn't work out all that well for us.|
|7/17/1812||Surrender of Ft. Mackinac||45 51 N 84 37 W||The Brits in Ontario got the memo about war first and staged a preemptive strike on Mackinac Island.|
|8/16/1812||Surrender of Detroit||42 19 N 82 02 W||The US invasion force in Ontario turned around, retreated to Detroit, and then surrendered. Most of the Northwest Territory -- certainly Michigan and the western Great Lakes -- were now back in British hands.|
|8/19/1812||USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere||41 42 N 55 33 W||The first of a series of disheartening defeats suffered by the Royal Navy at the hands of US heavy frigates|
|10/13/1812||Queenston Heights||43 9 N 79 3 W||Another US attempt to invade Canada went very wrong, with a thorough defeat at Queenston Heights, near Niagara.|
|10/25/1812||USS United States vs HMS Macedonian||30 39 N 27 11 W||Another of our heavy frigates trounces a British ship of nominally (but not actually) equal force.|
|12/29/1812||USS Constitution vs HMS Java||13 21 S 31 21 W||Just barely in 1812, a third British Frigate is administered a whuppin' by the fledgling US Navy. The Constitution, of course, is the famous Old Ironsides (42 22 N 71 3 W).|
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Voted most likely ...
... to be overlooked in the great scheme of historical commemoration, 2012 (coming right up, here -- a matter of a few hours) begins the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. For a good summary of this clumsy little sideshow of the Napoleonic wars, see John Elting's Amateurs to Arms!. For an even more abbreviated and less readable summary, look it up in Wikipedia. And for a completely abbreviated list of 1812's main events, see below.