This Day in History: The “forgotten” War of 1812 begins

On this day in 1812, President James Madison signs a declaration of war against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. His signature marked the official beginning of the War of 1812, a war that has been called the “forgotten” war. Today, no one really seems to understand the War of 1812 or to […]

This Day in History: Andrew Jackson & The Battle of New Orleans

On this day in 1815, Americans defeat British forces at the Battle of New Orleans. Did you know that we used to celebrate January 8 as a national holiday, with fireworks and celebrations, just like we do the Fourth of July? Several weeks ago, I made a similar statement about “Evacuation Day,” the once-celebrated (now […]

This Day in History: Dolley Madison saves Washington’s portrait

On this day in 1814, First Lady Dolley Madison saves a full-length portrait of George Washington from British troops. She also saved some other White House valuables and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Her heroism occurred during the War of 1812 between Americans and the British—essentially our second fight for independence. President James […]