As an American I always am a little uncertain what people are talking about when they refer to the War of 1812. For us Americans it was the time when we objected to the British practice of impressment, got involved in a war, started up our Navy (which kicked some ass), got invaded by Britain and had our asses handed to us by them. It also involves the burning down of the White House, the plucky Dolly Madison saving precious paintings and documents (good story even if it is a myth), the writing of the song that would become our national anthem.
Oh and a little fracas called the Battle of New Orleans that actually happened after the peace treaty had been signed.
For Europeans the War of 1812 is all about Napoleon and is quite a major war. I’ve had discussions with people before where we were talking about the two different wars without realizing it.
In more recent years the War of 1812 (the American one) has been looked at by historians as a second American Revolution, as well as a second civil war (though not nearly as bloody as the first one which took place from 1775-1783).
Am I a bad rebel? I must admit that I spent an inordinate amount of time yesterday looking through various reenactor photos and these are some of my favorites and they all show rebel militia being killed, beaten, or humiliated by redcoats.
Top—British soldier throws a militia man’s hat at him after he’s been killed
Middle—British soldier bayonets a 77 year old militia man
Bottom—dead or wounded rebel gets a swift kick from a redcoat as the redcoat chases after other militia
Corporal Cartouch teaching Miss Camp-Love her Manual Exercise, John Collett, 1780. (Source)
A soldier drilling an attractive young woman, tilting up her chin while she stands shouldering a musket on the right, mimicked by a monkey sitting on a music book and holding a flute, with a dog and a drummer boy, books and a vase on a chest-of-drawers, a picture of a young female archer and another of the ‘Camp of Winchester’ on the wall behind.
Two British soldiers pose by National War Bonds and Corps Cinema advertisements in Hinges, Pas-de-Calais, France on the 11th April 1918. The illustrated poster of interest, issued by the National War Savings Committee (Salisbury and London) reads ‘Buy National War Bonds Regularly Week By Week’, while a notice is relating to the opening times and ticket prices for the Corps Cinema.
Statue of William Prince of Orange at the site of his 1690 landing in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
Gulliver as a Knight, French School of Art.
OMG! Bernard Cornwell aka the author of Sharpe aka the grandfather of modern historical fiction has written a non-fic book on Waterloo!