Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Declaration of War

The United States formally declared war on Great Britain on this day in 1812, beginning the second conflict between the two nations. In the next two-and-a-half years, the United States and Great Britain would fight to a draw, but not before victories for both sides, including the burning of Washington by the British, and the victories at Fort McHenry and New Orleans by the Americans. The Star-Spangled Banner, which was the national standard during the war, is raised on this day.

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