Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Online Athens

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pictured: Mayor Nancy Denson and Kaye Reeves, President, General John Baytop Scott Chapter, NSUSD 1812.

Pictured: Mayor Nancy Denson and Kaye Reeves, President, General John Baytop Scott Chapter, NSUSD 1812.

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Mayor Nancy Denson signed a proclamation on June 18 in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed the official declaration of war against England. The British had impressed sailors and seized U.S. trading vessels for a number of years but following the Napoleonic Wars, the British armed the Native Americans and several large massacres against the Americans brought relations between the two countries to a boil.

The War of 1812 was America’s Second Revolution. It also was the first time Congress voted to invoked the War Powers Act. The last battle of the War of 1812 was fought in Georgia at Point Peter near St. Marys on the coast. Daniel Appling of Georgia has often been referred to as the George Washington of 1812.

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