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CATEGORY: War of 1812
Recreational Divers Discover Wreckage of Naval Hero’s Ship
June 6, 2017

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6 Myths About the Battle of New Orleans
January 8, 2015

Learn the truth behind six common myths about the last major engagement of the War of 1812. Read More

9 Things You May Not Know About “The Star-Spangled Banner”
September 12, 2014

On the bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” learn surprising facts about the national anthem and the man who wrote its lyrics. Read More

The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago
August 22, 2014

As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington. Read More

The Burning of Buffalo, 200 Years Ago
December 30, 2013

Months before torching Washington, D.C., in the War of 1812, British forces burned Buffalo, New York, to the ground 200 years ago. Read More

6 Things You May Not Know About Tecumseh
October 4, 2013

On the anniversary of Tecumseh’s death, get the facts on the legendary Shawnee war chief. Read More

The Battle of Lake Erie, 200 Years Ago
September 10, 2013

“We have met the enemy and they are ours,” proclaimed Oliver Perry after defeating a British fleet on Lake Erie 200 years ago. Read More

How USS Constitution Became ‘Old Ironsides’
August 17, 2012

In August 1812, USS Constitution defeated HMS Guerriere and earned the nickname “Old Ironsides.” Read More

How U.S. Forces Failed to Conquer Canada 200 Years Ago
July 12, 2012

The United States’ invasion of Canada 200 years ago went awry from the start. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About the War of 1812
June 18, 2012

Explore 10 surprising facts about the conflict. Read More