Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bicentennial of the War of 1812

The War of 1812 gets short shrift in the United States and is most remembered for the British burning down the White House and a quick-thinking First Lady grabbing George Washington's portrait before fleeing the city.

The Canadians, however, tend to view the conflict more along the lines of "the war of Southern aggression" and see it as a seminal moment in the eventual birth of their country in 1867.  As such, the war looms larger in their national consciousness...so it is no surprise that they would seek to commemorate it by launching this website:  1812.gc.ca

The above Canadian heroes are (l to r):  Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, Tecumseh, Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry.  Feel free to learn more about them!  (By the way, if "Tecumseh" sounds familiar to you, perhaps it is because of the American Union general William Tecumseh Sherman, whose father was a fan of the Shawnee chief [and Canadian hero].)

[Image sources: White House in ruins, Canadian heroes; hat-tip:  The Scout Report.]