History Lesson

Society of the War of 1812 

So why is there such a thing as this Society of the War of 1812? The best source for this information is the General Society’s website which will provide you with how it came into being

About the War of 1812

The War of 1812 is often referred to as America’s second war for independence, as see in our site’s tagline. During this war the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world, Great Britain, in a conflict that would have an immense impact on the young country’s future. Causes of the war included British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American seamen and America’s desire to expand its territory. The United States suffered many costly defeats at the hands of British, Canadian and Native American troops over the course of the War of 1812, including the capture and burning of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., in August 1814. Nonetheless, American troops were able to repulse British invasions in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans, boosting national confidence and fostering a new spirit of patriotism. The ratification of the Treaty of Ghent on February 17, 1815, ended the war but left many of the most contentious questions unresolved. Nonetheless, many in the United States celebrated the War of 1812 as a “second war of independence,” beginning an era of partisan agreement and national pride.

There is no need to provide all the details of this war on our site because there are already a number of better online resources available today that will allow you to discover for yourself more fact and details than you will ever need. Take a look at the Resources page to begin your learning adventure.