Monday, June 18, 2012


Today is the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. This was the first time that Congress had ever declared war. The reason for the war was American sailors were being kidnapped by the British Navy. Somehow the war effort came down with a case of mission creep and the American people were told that Canadians would greet us as liberators.

Fun facts about the war:

The garrison at Fort Wayne was attacked by Indians allied to the British.

Allen County is named after Colonel John Allen, a member of the Kentucky state legislature and state militia who was killed in the Battle of Frenchtown in what would become Michigan.

Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for a piece he called “The Defence(sic) of Ft McHenry”. This would later become “The Star Spangled Banner”.

The War of 1812 was the last war in which the US endured a ground invasion by a foreign army.

1 comment:

Jim Wetzel said...

By the way, "defence" is not, strictly, a misspelling; it is a variant spelling. They still spell it that way in England.

And that's a good (and amusing) point about "mission creep." It's a pity that Washington, DC didn't STAY burned.