Poll: War of 1812 saved us from U.S. politics

Them is fighting words. Read about it in the Halifax Herald News

OTTAWA — The War of 1812 may be one of the world’s oddest conflicts, if only because both sides are confident they won.

A new survey suggests Canadians and Americans have vastly divergent attitudes toward the border war that broke out in 1812 and bumbled along for three years.

Americans see it as a war that produced their national anthem. Canadians see it as a war that saved them from American assimilation and preserved them from American politics, gun laws and shared citizenship with Snooki of Jersey Shore.

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War of 1812 bicentennial is a big deal – in Canada

posted Feb 27, 2012, 11:45 AM by Dennis Byrne

It may have given Americans 'The Star Spangled Banner,' but Canadians say they were the big winners. Major celebrations are planned.

Richard Simon reports from Washington, D.C. in the Los Angeles Times:

For a piece of history that gave us the rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air, the War of 1812 tends to evoke a collective "Huh?" on the U.S. side of the border with Canada.

The War of 1812 has no compelling narrative that appeals to the average American,'' said Jerald Podair, a history professor at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. "It's just a hodgepodge of buildings burning, bombs bursting in air and paintings being saved from the invaders, all for a vaguely defined purpose. "

Yet the vacuum of interest in the War of 1812 is about to get a pyrotechnic blast of attention for its bicentennial year.

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The army in the War of 1812

posted Feb 27, 2012, 9:45 AM by Dennis Byrne

The United States Army in the War of 1812, Concise Biographies of Commanders and Operational Histories of Regiments, with Bibliographies of Published and Primary Sources, John C. Frederiksen, PhD.,pens The United States Army in the War of 1812, described as providing concise biographies  of Commanders and Operational Histories of Regiments, with Bibliographies of Published and Primary Sources. It is reviewed here.  

War of 1812 is important -- just not to New York state government

posted Feb 24, 2012, 11:50 AM by Dennis Byrne   [ updated Feb 24, 2012, 11:51 AM ]

But New York state isn't doing much celebration. Reports the Watertown Daily Times

Interesting new book about the War of 1812

posted Feb 22, 2012, 1:13 PM by Dennis Byrne

Forts of the War of 1812, by René Chartrand. (Osprey, 2012)  I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like a good one for people interested in the war. Here's the information. 

'The War of 1812: Stupid but important'

posted Feb 20, 2012, 3:22 PM by Dennis Byrne

Some thoughts on the importance of the war from north of the border, in Globe and Mail.

The War of 1812 saw the last foreign invasion on Canadian soil. Ironically, its commemoration has become a battleground in Canada. The arrival of the war’s bicentennial has ushered in a national debate on its significance in both Canada and the United States, the level of government support it deserves and, of course, that 200-year-old chestnut: Who, if anyone, won?

Tale of two cities in the War of 1812

posted Feb 19, 2012, 2:42 PM by Dennis Byrne

Fairhaven and New Bedford, Massachusetts were just across the river from each other, but had different views about the coming war with Britain. An interesting story about the two towns told here in SouthCoastToday.com.

New book addresses mystery: Who killed Tecumseh?

posted Feb 11, 2012, 9:40 AM by Dennis Byrne

He grew up in Ohio surrounded by war. He valiantly fought for his people in the War of 1812. When he died in the Battle of the Thames, the controversy over who killed him was born.

Frank Kuron, founder of Kuron Publishing, has written a book to answer the question of who killed Tecumseh, leader of the Native American Shawnee tribe, in time for the War of 1812’s bicentennial.


Historian Explains War of 1812’s Impact on National Defense

posted Feb 9, 2012, 7:39 PM by Dennis Byrne

By Bradley Cantor
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2012 – The War of 1812 was a watershed moment in the nation’s development of a strong national defense system, a military historian said this week, as it provided justification for building up the Navy and changed the nation’s attitude toward strengthening the central government.

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Fourth War of 1812 Symposium Shaping-Up

posted Feb 3, 2012, 1:05 PM by Dennis Byrne

The Fort La Présentation Association’s fourth annual War of 1812 Symposium in Ogdensburg, NY April 27-28, 2012 marks a milestone in local War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations.

Seven of eight expert speakers equally divided between Canada and the United States are confirmed. They are coming from Chicago, Plattsburgh, Canton, Ottawa, Kingston and Niagara-on-the-Lake, to present seminars on campaigns and battles, Native allies, archaeology, artifact conservation, medical practices, research challenges and more.

Read more at New York HIstory.

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