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1 War of 1812: tHE FORGOTTEN WAR & 2 ND AMERICAN REVOLUTION American Studies I Mr. Jeremy R. Hampton

2 Before we begin… Think about a time when you have been stuck in the middleThink about a time when you have been stuck in the middle What is the best way to handle it?What is the best way to handle it? If you stay neutral, is it easy or hard?If you stay neutral, is it easy or hard?

3 bACKGROUND: America was stuck in the middle between Great Britain & France after American IndependenceAmerica was stuck in the middle between Great Britain & France after American Independence Situation was made worse when Napoleonic Wars began in 1803Situation was made worse when Napoleonic Wars began in 1803 American Presidents desperately tried to keep US out of Europes war without hurting AmericaAmerican Presidents desperately tried to keep US out of Europes war without hurting America Washington: neutralityWashington: neutrality Adams: peace treatiesAdams: peace treaties Jefferson: Embargos (but sided more with France/LA Purchase; angered GB)Jefferson: Embargos (but sided more with France/LA Purchase; angered GB) Madison: tries, but is unable toMadison: tries, but is unable to

4 Causes: 1. US stuck in the middle & both France & GB are upset, so they disrupt American trade…hurts pocketbooks of Americans1. US stuck in the middle & both France & GB are upset, so they disrupt American trade…hurts pocketbooks of Americans 2. GB begins to aid Native Americans resisting American expansion out west2. GB begins to aid Native Americans resisting American expansion out west 3. GB begins to humiliate American by impressing/ kidnapping American sailors on the high-seas3. GB begins to humiliate American by impressing/ kidnapping American sailors on the high-seas Over 10,000 impressedOver 10,000 impressed Reasons: needed sailors for Royal Navy since such bad conditions & revengeReasons: needed sailors for Royal Navy since such bad conditions & revenge

5 1 st PHASE OF WAR OF 1812 June 18 th, 1812: President James Madison asks Congress for a declaration of war upon GB and is granted the request. Begins Mr. Madisons WarJune 18 th, 1812: President James Madison asks Congress for a declaration of war upon GB and is granted the request. Begins Mr. Madisons War The US was unprepared militarily: Had a 12-ship navy vs. Britains 800 ships. Had a 12-ship navy vs. Britains 800 ships. Americans disliked a draft preferred to enlist in the disorganized state militias. Americans disliked a draft preferred to enlist in the disorganized state militias. Financially unprepared Revenue from import tariffs declined. Revenue from import tariffs declined. Regional disagreements.

6 August 16 th 1812: battle of Detroit Surrender of Detroit/ Fort Mackinac.Surrender of Detroit/ Fort Mackinac. The first major battle of the War of 1812 ends in disaster for the United States when General William Hull, leading an American army of 2200 men, surrenders to British forces at Detroit without firing a shot. Hull will be courtmartialed for cowardice and sentenced to death, but the 61-year-old Revolutionary War veteran will be pardoned by President James Madison.The first major battle of the War of 1812 ends in disaster for the United States when General William Hull, leading an American army of 2200 men, surrenders to British forces at Detroit without firing a shot. Hull will be courtmartialed for cowardice and sentenced to death, but the 61-year-old Revolutionary War veteran will be pardoned by President James Madison.

7 August 19 th, 1812: battle OF old Ironsides Old Ironsides Captain Isaac Hull, commanding the USS Constitution, destroys HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia. British artillery fire fails to damage the Constitution's oak hull during the battle, earning the American frigate its famous nickname, "Old Ironsides."

8 November 1812: invasion of Canada Americans attempt a 3-pronged attack/invasion of Canada. See map of the citiesAmericans attempt a 3-pronged attack/invasion of Canada. See map of the cities Fails miserably. Is an embarrassment for the AmericansFails miserably. Is an embarrassment for the Americans

9 Sept. 10 th 1813: battle of lake erie Captain Oliver Hazard Perry leads a squadron of ten ships against a British fleet of six vessels on Lake Erie. A fierce ten-hour naval battle ends with American defeat of the British, giving the United States control over Lake Erie for the duration of the war. Perry announces the American victory in a memorable dispatch to headquarters: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."Captain Oliver Hazard Perry leads a squadron of ten ships against a British fleet of six vessels on Lake Erie. A fierce ten-hour naval battle ends with American defeat of the British, giving the United States control over Lake Erie for the duration of the war. Perry announces the American victory in a memorable dispatch to headquarters: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

10 Sept. 20 th & oct. 13 th : battle of Thames & Tecumseh General William Henry Harrison leads a force of 4500 Americans across the recently secured Lake Erie in pursuit of British troops forced to abandon Detroit. On 5 October, Harrison will overtake the enemy at Moravian Town to defeat the British and their Indian allies in the Battle of the Thames. Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader of the Pan-Indian confederation earlier defeated at Tippecanoe, will be killed in the battle, leading many of Britain's Indian allies to abandon the alliance.General William Henry Harrison leads a force of 4500 Americans across the recently secured Lake Erie in pursuit of British troops forced to abandon Detroit. On 5 October, Harrison will overtake the enemy at Moravian Town to defeat the British and their Indian allies in the Battle of the Thames. Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader of the Pan-Indian confederation earlier defeated at Tippecanoe, will be killed in the battle, leading many of Britain's Indian allies to abandon the alliance.

11 March 1814: battle OF HORSESHOE BEND American general, Andrew Jackson, Old Hickory defeats the British & the Creek Indians in the Mississippi TerritoryAmerican general, Andrew Jackson, Old Hickory defeats the British & the Creek Indians in the Mississippi Territory The victory discourages other Natives from allying with the British and makes Andrew Jackson a key-figure in the warThe victory discourages other Natives from allying with the British and makes Andrew Jackson a key-figure in the war

12 May 1814: Napoleon Abdicates Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France, abdicates or gives up the throne after his humiliating defeat in the last battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The Napoleonic Wars end with the signing of a peace treaty between France and the European coalition of Great Britain, Russia, Prussia, and Austria. Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France, abdicates or gives up the throne after his humiliating defeat in the last battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The Napoleonic Wars end with the signing of a peace treaty between France and the European coalition of Great Britain, Russia, Prussia, and Austria. Great Britain can now focus solely on the war against AmericaGreat Britain can now focus solely on the war against America King George III of England desperately seeks to recover the American Colonies and sees his chanceKing George III of England desperately seeks to recover the American Colonies and sees his chance

13 June 1814: great Britain attacks King George III orders an ambitious, 3 prong attack of America: Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, & Mouth of MS RiverKing George III orders an ambitious, 3 prong attack of America: Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, & Mouth of MS River

14 August 1814: capture of the capital British forces capture Washington, D.C. The White House, the Capitol, and executive department offices are burned. Secretary of War John Armstrong, blamed for the poor planning and intelligence that left America's capital poorly defended, is forced to resign.British forces capture Washington, D.C. The White House, the Capitol, and executive department offices are burned. Secretary of War John Armstrong, blamed for the poor planning and intelligence that left America's capital poorly defended, is forced to resign. James Madison & Dolly Madison barely escape.James Madison & Dolly Madison barely escape. Dolly Madison saves portrait of George WashingtonDolly Madison saves portrait of George Washington

15 SUMMARY OF 1 ST PHASE OF WAR OF 1812:

16 September 1814: battle of ft. mchenry

17 December 24 th 1814: treaty of Ghent

18 January 8 th 1815: battle of new Orleans

19 February 4 th, 1815: congress ratifies treaty

20 Legacy of the war of US proved itself to the world and especially, GB1. US proved itself to the world and especially, GB Worthy of being an independent RepublicWorthy of being an independent Republic Can compete against the most powerfulCan compete against the most powerful 2. Increased American patriotism, pride, & nationalism New Heroes: Jackson, Madison, Monroe, Clay, Calhoun, Polk, & Harrison 3. Increased American manufacturing & economic power. Advancements of the Industrial Revolution in America3. Increased American manufacturing & economic power. Advancements of the Industrial Revolution in America 4. Ushered in an idea of a Manifest Destiny & increased power4. Ushered in an idea of a Manifest Destiny & increased power

21 REVIEW TIME!!! Causes of the war?Causes of the war? 1 st Phase of the War?1 st Phase of the War? Battle of Fort McHenry/2 nd Phase of War?Battle of Fort McHenry/2 nd Phase of War? Treaty of Ghent?Treaty of Ghent? Battle of New Orleans?Battle of New Orleans? Legacy of the War of 1812?Legacy of the War of 1812?


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