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The following timeline of the events of the War of 1812 was copied from the website of the General Society of the War of 1812.


President James Madison inaugurated, March 4


War Congress convenes, November 4


Battle of Tippecannoe, November 7


United States declares war on Great Britain, June 18

Baltimore Riots, June – August


United States doubles Customs Duties, July 1


General William Hull enters Canada, July 12


Fort Michilimackinac surrenders to the British, July 17


Fort Dearborn massacre, August 15


General William Hull surrenders to General Isaac Brock at Detroit, August 16


The Constitution defeats HMS Guerrière, August 19


General Isaac Brock is killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights, October 13


The Wasp defeats HMS Frolic, October 18


The Wasp captured by HMS Poictiers, October 18


The United States defeats HMS Macedonian, October 25


Madison wins reelection, fall


British blockade South Carolina and Georgia, November


Americans retreat from eastern Canada, November 23


Americans attack outlying positions at Fort Erie, November 27


William Eustis resigns as Secretary of War, December 3


Monroe serves as Secretary of War, December 3 to February 5, 1813


Great Britain proclaims blockade of Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, December 26


The Constitution defeats HMS Java, December 29


Paul Hamilton resigns as Secretary of the Navy, December 29



William Jones assumes his duties as Secretary of the Navy, January 12


Battle of Frenchtown, January 22


River Raisin massacre, January 23


John Armstrong becomes Secretary of War, February 5


The Hornet defeats HMS Peacock, February 24


Captain David Porter of the Essex rounds Cape Horn and sails into the Pacific to prey upon British

whaling ships, March


Oliver Hazard Perry arrives at Presque Isle, Pennsylvania, to assume responsibility for constructing a fleet on Lake Erie, March 27


British naval forces raid in the Chesapeake Bay area, March to December


British blockade extended from Long Island to the Mississippi, March 30


Americans occupy part of west Florida, April 15


Wilkinson occupies Mobile, April 15


Americans capture York (Toronto), April 27


British burn Havre de Grace, May 3


Siege of Fort Meigs begins on May 1 and ends on May 5


British blockade additional middle and southern states, May 26


Americans capture Fort George, May 27


British forces repulsed at Sackett’s Harbor, May 29


HMS Shannon defeats the Chesapeake, June 1


Detachment of Americans defeated at Stoney Creek, June 6


Battle of Norfolk, June 22


Battle of Beaver Dams, June 24


British attack Hampton, June 25


Siege of Fort Madison begins, July


Battle of Burnt Corn, July 27


Major Croghan successfully defends Fort Stephenson against British attack, August 1


Battle of Fort Stephenson, August 2


Admiral Perry gets his fleet over the bar at Presque Isle and into Lake Erie, August 4


Fort Mims massacre, August 30


Battle of Lake Erie, September 10


Harrison lands in Canada, September 27


Battle of the Thames, October 5


Battle of Leipzig, October 16-19


Battle of Chateauguay, October 25-26


Battle of Tallushatchee, November 3


Great Britain offers United States direct peace negotiations, November 4


Battle of Talladega, November 9


Battle of Chrysler’s Farm, November 11


British extend blockade to all middle and southern states, November 16


Fort George evacuated and Newark burned by Americans, December 10


United States adopts embargo, December 17

Fort Niagara occupied by British, December 18


Lewiston, Fort Schlosser, Black Rock, and Buffalo destroyed by the British, December 19-31


Battle of Emuckfau, January 22

Battle of Enotachopco, January 24


Battle of Horseshoe Bend, March 27-28


HMS Phoebe and HMS Cherub defeat the Essex, March 28


Napoleon abdicates French throne, April 11


United States repeals Embargo and Nonimportation Law, April 14


HMS Orpheus defeats the Frolic, April 20


British extend blockade to New England, April 25 – May 30


The Peacock defeats HMS Epervier, April 29


The Wasp II defeats HMS Reindeer, June 28


British occupy eastern Maine, July – September


Americans capture Fort Erie, July 3


Battle of Chippewa, July 5

Battle of Lundy’s Lane, July 25


United States public credit collapses, August


U.S banks suspend specie payments, August


Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, August 8


Great Britain outlines initial peace terms, August 8


The Creeks sign a treaty at Fort Jackson ceding much of their land, August 9


Siege of Fort Erie begins August 13 and ends September 21


British occupy Pensacola, August 14


Battle of Fort Erie, August 15

British land near Benedict, Maryland, August 19

Battle of Bladensburg, August 24

British burn Washington, August 24-25

British capture Alexandria, Virginia, August 28

Nantucket declares Neutrality, August 28

General George Prevost moves south toward Plattsburg, end of August

Armstrong resigns and Monroe takes over as Secretary of War, September 4

Battle of Plattsbugh, September 11

Battle of Lake Champlain, September 11

Prevost retreats to Canada, middle of September

British repulsed at Mobile, September 12-16

British bombard Fort McHenry, near Baltimore, September 13-14

Battle of North Point, near Baltimore, September 14

British abandon attempt to take Baltimore, September 14


Francis Scott Key writes the Star Spangled Banner, September 15


Americans sortie from Fort Erie, September 17


British squadron captures General Armstrong, September 26


Great Britain offers peace on basis of uti possidetis, October 21


Americans evacuate Fort Erie, November 5


Jackson seizes Pensacola, November 7


Jackson returns to Mobile, November 11


Jackson leaves for New Orleans, November 22


British fleet sails from Jamaica for New Orleans, November 25


Great Britain drops the uti possidetis, November 27


British overwhelm American gunboats on Lake Borgne, December 14


Hartford Convention, December 15 – January 5

United States adopts additional internal taxes, December 15 – February 27, 1815

British land their troops below New Orleans, December 23


General Andrew Jackson attacks in a surprise night battle, December 23

Preliminary battles around New Orleans, December 23 – January 1


Peace of Ghent signed, December 24


United States rejects conscription proposal, December 28


Americans defeat British in the Battle of New Orleans, January 8


Final Battle of War of 1812 at Point Peter, Georgia, January 11

United States adopts second enemy trade law, February 4

United States rejects National Bank proposal, February 17

Ratifications of the Peace Treaty exchanged and President Madison declares the war at an end, February 17


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