Memorial Day Spotlight: War of 1812 Docuseries

This was originally published 5/27/21 and updated 5/26/22

Now more than ever we must honor our fallen heroes. Those who step in to fight for liberty and democracy; for the sanctity of human life. Those on the front line fighting wars large or small; on any battlefield on any part of our planet. And those not often discussed that still paved a vital path to democracy.

The War of 1812, while known by name, is often one of those long running series of battles and significant losses of life, that is not well known in story. 

War of 1812, the four part docuseries, brings to life an extraordinary conflict that decided the fate of North America, confirmed the creation of Canada, and annihilated the dream of an independent Native nation. 

Featuring robust reenactments of the battles and tense correspondence between leaders, War of 1812 offers a rare look at history. 

The depth of death and loss among Canadian militia forces and losses among native tribes was staggering for its time or any time for that matter. 

British injury and loss outpaced American lives lost but all told nearly 15,000 died from all causes directly related to the War of 1812

We memorialize those lost in this decisive American conflict but encourage you to learn more about why this war occurred and how the fallout helped reimagine the future, not always for the better, of so many nations.

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To dig in by episode:

Episode 1
Tensions mount between the United States and Great Britain. War is inevitable. The British General Isaac Brock sends troops to take Fort Mackinac, leading to the first victory of the war.

Episode 2
The native Shawnee rally behind the legendary Tecumseh to defend their homeland from the British. Opposing their rebellion is future President William Henry Harrison.

Episode 3
With the two sides locked in a stalemate, General Wilkinson descends the St. Lawrence River. The American advance is repulsed at the Battles of Chateauguay and Crysler's Farm.

Episode 4
There are bloody battles on the Niagara frontier. The British sail up the Chesapeake Bay and burn public buildings in Washington, but events in Europe influence the end of the conflict.



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