Project: War of 1812

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The War of 1812 Project

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  • What was the The War of 1812?
An infant United States of America stood up to the greatest naval power in the world, Great Britain! Although Europeans may consider it part of the Napoleonic Wars, the United States and Canada consider it as a separate war.
  • What were the Causes of the War of 1812?
Restriction of U.S trade by Great Britain along with the Royal Navy’s impressment of American seamen combined with America’s desire to expand its territory.
This is the one and only time, in USA's history, the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., was captured and burned in August 1814. The new nation suffered costly defeats at the hands of British, Canadian and Native American troops during the course of the War of 1812.
American military troops repulsed the British invasions in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans. These successes boosted the national confidence resulting in a new spirit of patriotism. It was after the Battle of Baltimore, and more specifically, after the shelling of Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor, that Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that became the national anthem of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The Treaty of Ghent, ratified on 17 February 1815, ended the war. In spite of the unresolved issues, some still going on today, many in the United States celebrated the War of 1812 as a “second war of independence,” beginning an era of partisan agreement and national pride.
This Project brings honor to those who served their respective nations, regardless of positions taken during the war. Each military member was called upon by their nation and fought with bravery and deserves to be remembered for the sacrifice each one experienced. Rest in Peace.


Focus and Purpose

Our focus is on the War of 1812 military participants. Our purpose is two-fold:

We want to provide a space where someone who may only know that Great Grandpa served in the War of 1812 and provide them a direction/method to locate the specific unit he served with.

When you participate in this project you embrace the military member. You need to respect their sacrifice - regardless of the country served. It takes a special kind of person to serve on military projects: One that can look past their biases and focus on the service a military member provided.

How To Join

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You may also want to

  1. Add military_and_war to your followed tags
  2. Check out the main project page for all guidelines related to the project.
  3. This project does not have a unique badge, in order to add a sticker to your profile and view a listing of who is a member of this project, add your name to the War of 1812 Members by placing the following in your profile, below the ==Biography== line:
    1. if you already have {{Military and War Project Member}} add "|War of 1812" to it.
    2. if not, add {{Military and War Project Member|War of 1812}}

Categories and Structure

  • Please follow the guidance the Categorization Project has/will issue.

Sub Projects

Requested Subprojects

Please add anything you would like to see as a subproject. We can discuss ideas on our google group and then post them on g2g.

  1. Battle of Plattsburg September 1, 1814 - Vermont Militia

Related Projects

The following projects and groups are likely to have some overlap with this one, so members of this project may be interested in them as well:

Free-Space Pages


You can add American States or Territories, British, Canadian and Native American to the Sticker

Sample usage:

{{War of 1812|startdate=October 1812|enddate=July 1813|branch=North Carolina Militia|units=Fifth Company, Chatham County Regiment}}


... ... ... ... served in the North Carolina Militia in the War of 1812
Service started: October 1812
Unit(s): Fifth Company, Chatham County Regiment
Service ended: July 1813

... ... ... was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in the War of 1812.

Sample usage:

{{Privateers War of 1812|Canadian}}


... ... ... was a Canadian privateer in the War of 1812.
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Google Group

  • Membership to the Google Group is by request: Mary R

Note: As of 3/8/2023, the project is inactive and has no leader. No new members are being added to the project. If you are interested in adding profiles of participants in the War of 1812, please inquire in g2g and tag "Military_and_War".

Members and area of interest

War of 1812 Project Members

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