War of 1812 (detail of painting 'A View of The Bombardment of Fort Mchenry' by John Bower)

War of 1812

America went to war against Great Britain to assert its rights as an independent, sovereign nation, and to attempt the conquest of Canada. The United States achieved few of its goals and the war ended in a stalemate. But the British bombardment of Ft. McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem that later became the National Anthem. And Andrew Jackson’s victory over the British in New Orleans gave the country a new hero.


Facts / Statistics

Dates: 1812-1815
Troops: 286,730
Deaths: 2,260