War of 1812

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Laura SecordLaura Secord, depicted in this photo, walked 30 km, through swamps and woods, to warn the Brits the Americans were coming during the War of 1812. It is believed Laura learned about American plans to capture Canadian territory because she was forced to billet U.S. troops in her house.
National Archives of Canada, Estate of Lorne K. Smith

2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a military conflict between the forces of the British Empire and the United States. The war marked the beginning of national identity on both sides of the border.

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Maryland will stage three years of celebrations commemorating the War of 1812. One of them starts Wednesday with a week-long “Star-Spangled Sailabration”  that will feature tall ships and naval vessels in waters around Baltimore.

Americans barely awake to memories of 1812

Americans have their reasons for neglecting the War of 1812, which has been called their “Rodney Dangerfield” of wars


Jun 11, 2012
Sir Wilfrird Laurier archeology students continue their dig of the earthworks outside Fort Erie, site of a bloody battle in the War of 1812.

Fort Erie dig reveals trove of artifacts from War of 1812

Trowels in hand, Laurier students find the site of a bloody battle rich with artifacts, including lead galore


Jun 8, 2012
Canadian War Museum pre-confederation historian Peter Macleod in the new War of 1812 exhibit in Ottawa.

War of 1812: Ottawa exhibit highlights different perspectives of combatants

Separate galleries are devoted to how each of the British, Canadians, Americans and Indians perceived a conflict that would kill about 35,000 people.


Jun 2, 2012

War of 1812: Seen through the eyes of modern artists

Exhibit at Harbourfront Centre looks at the war from a contemporary perspective. Many of the artists have a direct family connection to the conflict.


Jun 2, 2012
Peggy Dymond Leavey's Laura Secord, Dundurn, 224 pages, $19.99

Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812: column

A biography of the woman who helped save Canada during the War of 1812


May 29, 2012
A New Brunswick regimental colour that flew proudly over what was possibly Canada’s first handpicked army during the War of 1812 is being restored. </p>

Long lost regimental colour from War of 1812 to rise again

A regimental colour from the War of 1812 is being restored for exhibition in Saint John, New Brunswick.


May 12, 2012
Roughly 180 people attended the Jarvis family reunion, including the oldest member, Toronto's 100-year-old Mary Jarvis Musgrave and the youngest, Los Angeles resident 11-month-old Avery Jarvis, and her Mom, Kristen.

Jarvis family reunion: Where the street has their name

Ten minutes away from the street that bears their name, the Jarvis family gathered for a reunion.


May 12, 2012
Hundreds gathered near London, Ont., earlier this month to re-enact the Battle of Longwoods.

War of 1812: Re-enacting the Battle of Longwoods

Participants are drawn by a fascination of all things military, a love of history, or the social aspect of weekend battle re-enactments.


Apr 14, 2012
The Loxleys and the War of 1812, a graphic novel to be published this month, is a richly coloured hardcover more than three years in the making.

War of 1812 brought to life through comic-book family

The saga of what America’s expansionist designs on the Canadas did to one family, and many others like it, is told in The Loxleys and the War of 1812.


Mar 27, 2012

Canada to designate military events, groups as historic

The federal government, which has been promoting the bicentennial of the War of 1812, is placing even more emphasis on military history by designating a number of sites, events and groups as historic.

Jan 20, 2012
The General Hunter, in the centre of the painting, is seen in the British squadron battle line at the Battle of Lake Erie.

War of 1812 fighting vessel HMS General Hunter came to rest in Southampton, Ont.

Archeological sleuthing helped determine that the wreck off Southampton, Ont. was that of War of 1812 fighting vessel HMS General Hunter.


Jan 13, 2012
Genealogist Janice Nickerson says War of 1812 research is challenging.

Genealogist unearths contribution made by local militia in the War of 1812

Her work — to be published in a book titled York’s Sacrifice, which will profile 39 men who lost their lives — has filled in some historical gaps.


Jan 8, 2012

Feds hire consultant to inject war into Canada Day bash on the Hill

The Harper government has hired a Toronto theatre expert to highlight the War of 1812 into this year’s Canada Day bash on Parliament Hill.


Dec 28, 2011
Participants re-enact 19th-century military tactics at Sackets Harbor naval base in upstate New York.<br />

War of 1812 monument to pay tribute to Canadians

New York state is erecting a monument to Canadian soldiers killed and buried at Sackets Harbor naval base.


Nov 4, 2011

The Shawnee and their allies had the upper hand during the night, but daylight shifted the advantage to the American troops — and revealed as false the Prophet's assurances of warrior invulnerability to American bullets.

War of 1812: The Battle of Tippecanoe, Nov. 7, 1811

Tippecanoe pitted Shawnee warriors against American troops — and sparked the War of 1812

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