Video: 'The War Of 1812 full documentary video 2011' (June 1813 at 54:11)
(Tuesday, June 1, 1813, during the War of 1812) — The mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, American naval officer James Lawrence, today gave the order “Don’t give up the ship” during a losing battle off Boston Harbor with the British frigate HMS Shannon.
(Thursday, March 4, 1813) — President James Madison took the oath of office today for a second term as the 4th President of the United States in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.
Elbridge Gerry was sworn in as the 5th Vice President of the United States. The office had been vacant since the death of Vice President George Clinton on Apr. 20, 1812. Read more on President Madison sworn in for second term, Gerry as 5th VP 200 years ago today (1813)…
Video: 'The Presidents: Number 4: James Madison'
(Wednesday, December 2, 1812, during the 1812 presidential campaign) — Democratic-Republican President James Madison of Virginia was re-elected President of the United States today, defeating dissident Democratic-Republican candidate DeWitt Clinton, Mayor of New York City. Read more on Madison defeats Scott, re-elected President of the United States 200 years ago today (1812)…
Video: Fort Detroit falls (at 3:30)
(Sunday, August 16, 1812, during the War of 1812) — American Gen. William Hull, fearing that the British possessed superior numbers and that the Indians attached to Major General Isaac Brock’s force would commit massacres if fighting began, surrendered Detroit without a fight today.
Video: U.S. invades Canada (at 2:18)
(Sunday, July 12, 1812, during the War of 1812) — Gen. William Hull led an invading American force of about 1,000 untrained, poorly-equipped militia today across the Detroit River and occupied the Canadian town of Sandwich (now a neighbourhood of Windsor, Ontario).
Video: June 18, 1812 (at 8:34)
(Thursday, June 18, 1812) — Motivated by a desire to uphold national honor in the face of what was considered to be British insults, the U.S. declared war on Great Britain today when President James Madison signed the declaration into law.
It was the first time that the United States had declared war on another nation, and the congressional vote would prove to be the closest vote to declare war in American history.