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In June 1812 the still-infant United States had the audacity to declare war on the British Empire. Fought between creaking sailing ships and armies often led by bumbling generals, the ensuing conflict featured a tit-for-tat “You burned our capital, so we’ll burn yours” and a legendary battle unknowingly fought after the signing of a peace treaty.
During the War of 1812, the United States cast aside its cloak of colonial adolescence and — with both humiliating and glorious moments — found the fire that was to forge a nation.
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