21-25 War of 1812 Facts

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21. Winfield Scott fought in the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and almost every major war in between. – Source

22. The largest emancipation of slaves in the US prior to the Civil War was by the British during the War of 1812. – Source

23. “The Star-Spangled Banner” wasn’t adopted as the United States of America’s national anthem until 1931, despite being written during the War of 1812. – Source

24. Tennessee earned its nickname, “the Volunteer State,” from the War of 1812. – Source

25. In June 1942, Japanese forces seized two islands in the Aleutians chain, part of Alaska. It was the first foreign occupation of American territory since the War of 1812. – Source


26-30 War of 1812 Facts

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26. After the War of 1812, the British left a fully-armed fort in Florida in the hands of 300 fugitive slaves. – Source

27. Hiram Cronk, the last surviving U.S. veteran of the War of 1812, died at age 105 in 1905 and had a great-granddaughter who also became a centenarian. – Source

28. The weathervane on top of Faneuil Hall was used to find spies during the War of 1812. If someone could not identify it as being a grasshopper, they were placed under great suspicion. – Source

29. There was a town that, during the War of 1812, foiled a naval bombardment by hanging lanterns in the trees outside of town. – Source

30. During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy captured two British whaleships, the Essex Junior and the Seringapatam, and converted them into American warships. – Source


31-35 War of 1812 Facts

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31. Laura Secord, a Canadian heroine from the ‘War of 1812’ had a father who fought on the side of the Patriots during the Revolutionary War. – Source

32. The Kentucky Militia were the most feared of all American soldiers during the war of 1812, Scalping many Indian warriors during battle. – Source

33. During the War of 1812, an American naval officer named Captain Porter landed on the island of Nuku Hiva in Polynesia and claimed it for the United States. The American sailors later abandoned it and it’s now part of French Polynesia. – Source

34. Thomas Jefferson sold his personal book collection to rebuild the Library of Congress, better than it was before after it was burned by the British in the War of 1812. – Source

35. No one “won” the war of 1812. – Source

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Last Update: March 20, 2017