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Timeline War of 1812

Nov. 4 War Congress convenes
Nov. 7 Battle of Tippecanoe
June 18 United States declares war on Great Britain
June - August Baltimore Riots
July 1 United States doubles Customs Duties
July 12 General William Hull enters Canada
July 17 Surrender of Fort Michilimackinac to the British
Aug. 15 Fort Dearborn massacre
Aug. 16 General William Hull surrenders to General Isaac Brock at Detroit
Aug. 19 The Constitution defeats HMS Guerrière
Oct. 13 General Isaac Brock is killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights
Oct. 18 The Wasp defeats HMS Frolic
Oct. 18 The Wasp captured by HMS Poictiers
Oct. 25 The United States defeats HMS Macedonian
Nov. Madison wins reelection
Nov. British blockade South Carolina and Georgia
Nov. 23 Americans retreat from eastern Canada
Nov. 27 Americans attack outlying positions at Fort Erie
Dec. 3 William Eustis resigns as Secretary of War
Dec. 3 -
Feb. 5, 1813
Monroe serves as Secretary of War
Dec. 29 The Constitution defeats HMS Java
Dec. 29 Paul Hamilton resigns as Secretary of the Navy
Dec. 26 Great Britain proclaims blockade of Chesapeake and Delaware Bays
Dec. 29 The Constitution defeats HMS Java
Dec. 29 Paul Hamilton resigns as Secretary of the Navy
Jan. 12 William Jones assumes his duties as Secretary of the Navy
Jan. 22 Battle of Frenchtown
Jan. 23 River Raisin massacre
Feb. 5 John Armstrong becomes Secretary of War
Feb. 24 The Hornet defeats HMS Peacock
Mar. Captain David Porter of the Essex rounds Cape Horn and sails into the Pacific to prey upon British whaling ships
Mar. 27 Oliver Hazard Perry arrives at Presque Isle, Pennsylvania, to assume responsibility for constructing a fleet on Lake Erie
Mar. to Dec. British naval forces raid in the Chesapeake Bay area
Mar. 30 British blockade extended from Long Island to the Mississippi
April 15 Americans occupy part of west Florida
April 15 Wilkinson occupies Mobile
April 27 Americans capture York (Toronto)
May 3 British burn Havre de Grace
May 1 - May 5 Siege of Fort Meigs
May 26 British blockade additional middle and southern states
May 27 Americans capture Fort George
May 29 British forces repulsed at Sackett's Harbor
June 1 HMS Shannon defeats the Chesapeake
June 6 Detachment of Americans defeated at Stoney Creek
June 22 Battle of Norfolk
June 24 Battle of Beaver Dams
June 26 British attack Hampton
July 27 Battle of Burnt Corn
Aug. 1 Major Croghan successfully defends Fort Stephenson against British attack
Aug. 2 Battle of Fort Stephenson
Aug. 4 Admiral Perry gets his fleet over the bar at Presque Isle and into Lake Erie
Aug. 30 Fort Mims massacre
Sept. 10 Battle of Lake Erie
Sept. 27 Harrison lands in Canada
Oct. 5 Battle of the Thames
Oct. 16-19 Battle of Leipzig
Oct. 25-26 Battle of Chateaugay
Nov. 3 Battle of Tallushatchee
Nov. 4 Great Britain offers United States direct peace negotiations
Nov. 9 Battle of Talladega
Nov. 11 Battle of Chrysler’s Farm
Nov. 16 British extend blockade to all middle and southern states
Dec. 10 Fort George evacuated and Newark burned by Americans
Dec. 18 Fort Niagara occupied by British
Dec. 19-31 Lewiston, Fort Schlosser, Black Rock, and Buffalo destroyed by the British
Jan. 22 Battle of Emuckfau
Jan. 24 Battle of Enotachopco
Mar. 27-28 Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Mar. 28 HMS Phoebe and HMS Cherub defeat the Essex
April 11 Napoleon abdicates French throne
April 14 United States repeals Embargo and Nonimportation Law
April 20 HMS Orpheus defeats the Frolic
April 25 - May 30 British extend blockade to New England
April 29 The Peacock defeats HMS Epervier
June 28 The Wasp II defeats HMS Reindeer
July - Sept. British occupy eastern Maine
July 3 Americans capture Fort Erie
July 5 Battle of Chippewa
July 25 Battle of Lundy's Lane
Aug. U.S. banks suspend specie payments
Aug. United States public credit collapses
Aug. 8 Peace negotiations begin in Ghent
Aug. 8 Great Britain outlines initial peace terms
Aug. 9 The Creeks sign a treaty at Fort Jackson ceding much of their land
Aug. 13 - Sept. 21 Siege of Fort Erie begins 
Aug. 14 British occupy Pensacola
Aug. 15 Battle of Fort Erie
Aug. 19 British land near Benedict, Maryland
Aug. 24 Battle of Bladensburg
Aug. 24-25 British burn Washington
Aug. 28 British capture Alexandria, Virginia
Aug. 28 Nantucket declares Neutrality
Sept.1  General George Prevost moves south toward Plattsburgh
Sept. 4 Armstrong resigns and Monroe takes over as Secretary of War
Sept. 11 Battle of Plattsburgh
Sept. 12-16 British repulsed at Mobile
Sept. 12-14 Battle of North Point, near Baltimore
Sept.13-14 British bombard Fort McHenry, near Baltimore
Sept. 13 Francis Scott Key writes the Star Spangled Banner
Sept. 14 British abandon attempt to take Baltimore
Sept. 17 Americans sortie from Fort Erie
Sept. 26 British squadron captures General Armstrong
Oct. 21 Great Britain offers peace on basis of uti possidetis
Nov. 5 Americans evacuate Fort Erie
Nov. 7 Jackson seizes Pensacola
Nov. 11 Jackson returns to Mobile
Nov. 22 Jackson leaves for New Orleans
Nov. 25 British fleet sails from Jamaica for New Orleans
Nov. 27 Great Britain drops the uti possidetis
Dec. 14 British overwhelm American gunboats on Lake Borgne
Dec. 15 - Jan. 5 Hartford Convention
Dec. 15 - Feb. 27, 1815 United States adopts additional internal taxes
Dec. 23 British land their troops below New Orleans
Dec. 23 General Andrew Jackson attacks in a surprise night battle
 Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 Preliminary battles around New Orleans
 Dec. 24 Peace of Ghent signed
Dec. 28 United States rejects conscription proposal
Jan. 8 Americans defeat British in the Battle of New Orleans
Feb. 4 United States adopts second enemy trade law
Feb. 17 United States rejects National Bank proposal
Feb. 17 Ratifications of the Peace Treaty exchanged and President Madison declares the war at an end