Key Events in the War of 1812

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  • US Declares war on Britain

    US Declares war on Britain
    The US Congress declared war (known as the War of 1812) on Great Britain. President Madison signed the declaration that day.
  • Fort Michilimackinac Captured

    Fort Michilimackinac Captured
    About 600 British, Indian and Canadian soldiers captured Fort Michilimackinac from the Americans during the early stages of the War of 1812
  • Brock captures Detroit

    Brock captures Detroit
    Some 2000 American defenders surrendered Detroit to General Brock and Shawnee chief Tecumseh.
  • Americans Capture York

    Americans Capture York
    An American force of 1700 men captured York (Toronto), looted the town and burned down the Parliament building.
  • Chesapeake vs Shannon

    Chesapeake vs Shannon
    In a 15-minute action, experienced British gunners of HMS Shannon, with 38 guns, defeated the USS Chesapeake, also with 38 guns, off Boston. The American ship was taken as a prize into Halifax. The Americans lost 146 killed or wounded, the British 83.
  • Battle of Stoney Creek

    Battle of Stoney Creek
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    Two brigades of Americans were defeated by Lt-Col John Harvey at Stoney Creek. The Americans withdrew to Fort George on the Niagara River.
  • Laura Secord Warns British

    Laura Secord Warns British
    Laura Secord
    Laura Secord overheard American officers talking about their plans of attack and walked 30 km to warn the British commander. Two days later Britain's Native allies ambushed the Americans at Beaver Dams.
  • Battle of Beaver Dams

    Battle of Beaver Dams
    Caugnawaga and Mohawk warriors ambushed an American force at Beaver Dams. British general James Fitzgibbon persuaded the Americans to withdraw, though he had only 50 soldiers in the area.
  • Battle of Put-in-Bay

    Battle of Put-in-Bay
    American naval commander Oliver H. Perry defeated a British naval force at Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie.
  • Battle of Châteauguay

    Battle of Châteauguay
    An invading American army met a smaller Canadian force of the Voltigeurs under Lt-Col Charles de Salaberry along the Châteauguay River, south of Montréal. The Americans retreated.
  • Battle of Crysler's Farm

    Battle of Crysler's Farm
    The British won a resounding victory over the American invasion force, which was attempting to capture Montréal, at Crysler's Farm in one of the most decisive battles of the War of 1812.
  • British Capture Fort Niagara

    British Capture Fort Niagara
    British troops captured Fort Niagara from the Americans and burned the village of Lewiston, NY.
  • Battle of Lundy's Lane

    Battle of Lundy's Lane
    The British held against concerted attacks by the Americans at Lundy's Lane, the most bitter battle of the War of 1812.
  • British Burn Washington

    British Burn Washington
    British forces captured Washington, DC, during the War of 1812 and set fire to the White House.
  • Battle of Lake Champlain

    Battle of Lake Champlain
    American naval commander Thomas Macdonough defeated the British fleet on Lake Champlain in the War of 1812. His success weakened the bargaining power of British negotiators at Ghent.
  • Battle of New Orleans

    Battle of New Orleans
    Unaware that the Treaty of Ghent had ended the War of 1812 two weeks earlier, British and American troops fought the Battle of New Orleans.