“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The War of 1812

The War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 7, 2019
1. The War of 1812 Marker
Inscription.  On June 18th, 1812, the United States Congress declared war on Great Britain, at the request of President James Madison. The British had blockaded the U.S. coast, seized American ships, and impressed their seamen. Also, the Canadians supported Indian raids along the American frontier. On September 10th, 1813, Commodore Perry defeated the British fleet on Lake Erie. On August 24th, 1814, the British marched into Washington, D.C. and burned the Capital, White House and Treasury. Then on September 10th, 1814, the British attacked Baltimore, successfully defended by American Militia. The Pennsylvania Militia, many from Lancaster, participated. On September 13th, 1814, the British fleet bombarded Fort McHenry for 25 hours before leaving. This inspired Francis Scott Key's poem "The Star-Spangled Banner." General Jackson defeated the British troops at New Orleans on January 8th, 1815. The ratification of the Treaty of Ghent ended the war on February 18th, 1815.
Erected by Pennsylvania State Society, N.S.U.S. Daughters of 1812.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music
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Forts and CastlesWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, and the United States Daughters of 1812, National Society series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1815.
Location. 40° 2.279′ N, 76° 18.34′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Penn Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Penn Square, Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); The Revolutionary War (here, next to this marker); Central Market (a few steps from this marker); Early Transportation Routes (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (a few steps from this marker); Old Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Old Center Square (Penn Square) (a few steps from this marker); Lancaster's 'freedom spies' (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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