The war of 1812

Militia life, and history of the war

History of the battle

The war of 1812 was one of the biggest wars back in the day. It was a military conflict between the Americans and Great Britain. Since we are a colony of Britain we fought under Britain and we fought against the U.S, because of that they invaded Canada a number of times. President Thomas Jefferson wanted to keep American goods flowing overseas and, at the same time, keep America out of foreign wars. Britain and France were at war with each other, as was much of the rest of Europe. Both sides thought that American ships were supplying the other with food, weapons, and other supplies. American ships were routinely stopped by both France and Britain. Each demanded to search the cargo holds. Sometimes, these situations ended in violence

What caused the war

It was caused in part by disagreements over shipping and trade on the high seas. It was also fought to decide how much influence the United States would have in foreign affairs. The United States was a brand new country and the leaders risked national disaster going to war with powerful Great Britain a second time. Support in the US was divided with the West and South looking for a fight, but people of the New England strongly opposed to war. As the war continued, opposition became much stronger

Theese are some pictures of the battles

How the war ended

  • The War of 1812 ended when the Treaty of Ghent was signed at the end of 1814, guaranteeing that the United States and Britain would end their battle.

Civilian Life

Citizens who worked in the militia had no experience in military life. The soldiers family and properties were at risk because during the invasions and they were called to serve elsewhere in the province. The supply system wasn’t efficient partially due to theft of supplies, but mainly due to poor roads and the interception of supplies by enemy action. It wasn’t always possible to provide proper food, clothes, and shelter. This incident led to many problems between the military and civilians.


The easiest way of travelling in the 19 century was by water, because roads were very narrow , and unfit. During the war most troops had to go by foot. conditions were very difficult for officers.


The easiest way of travelling in Upper Canada in the early 19th century was by way of water as roads generally narrow and unfit for transportation of heavy loads. During the War, most troops had to go on foot. In this letter to his father, Thomas G. Ridout describes one such winter journey overland. Conditions were difficult for officers like Ridout, for enlisted men they would have been correspondingly worse. shares totaling £24 down to privates receiving a single share