How much do you know about The War of 1812? Why was this war fought? What was gained or lost from this war? Many people remember that Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner during an attack on Fort McHenry. However, how many also remember that the battle happened during The War of 1812 and not the Revolutionary War or other conflict. This two-and-a-half year war between the United States against Britain and Native American Indians has become little more than a side note in the classroom. Yet, this war significantly defined the United States as we know it today; especially, its geographic boundaries with Canada.
Acknowledging the Bicentennial of the war, a television documentary on The War of 1812 premiered on PBS on October 11, 2011. The documentary details the conflict from events leading up to the declaration of war by Congress and President Madison, through key battles, and the results which defined the country in ways most people don’t appreciate. As a companion to the documentary, a new book was published entitled, The War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites.
The book takes the reader to the battlefields and other key sites of great relevance in the war. Details are given to what happened at each site and why each location was so important in the overall outcome of the war. The full-color book is filled with photographs, illustrations, and paintings. Key leaders, generals and politicians, maps, weapons, battlefields, and more provide stunning imagery. Topped with eyewitness accounts and well-written descriptions, the reader will feel what it was like to be there. Taking a chronological approach, the reader can follow the war start to finish through seven amazing chapters. The War of 1812 is the perfect book to learn about an American conflict for which so many of us have very little knowledge. Whether you like to learn or had ancestors who were directly affected by the war, this book is a great read.
Table of Contents
THE WAR THAT SHAPED A CONTINENT
WAR IN THE WILDERNESS
THUNDER BESIDE THE FALLS
LAKE ONTARIO THEATER
WARSHIPS ON AN INLAND SEA
ST. LAWRENCE/CHAMPLAIN THEATER
A MATTER OF MARCHING
BATTLE FOR THE BAY
CANNON BEFORE NEW ORLEANS
The War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites is available from Family Root Publishing; Item #: PBS01.