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Course of War
For more details on the war before the PoD (and in OTL), see Wikipedia.
The United States declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812. The British had blockaded the Atlantic so American shipments were limited. After, many battles were fought at the United States/British Canada border. Eastern Maine became occupied by the British. The final part was fought in the Gulf of Mexico, but the Sieege of Halifax was the last major battle. A famous pre-PoD event in both ATL and OTL is the Burning of Washington.
PoD (Siege of Halifax)
Commanders and military advisors meeting in September of 1814 realized that if they could attack the British Royal Navy's Halifax base, they could essentially take the Royal Navy. In October, US navy ships sailed to Halifax, while ground troops won minor battles to reclaim eastern Maine. When the two forces converged, the siege began. It lasted for 3 months when the city finally surrendered on December 10. Ground troops would continue to conquer all of Nova Scotia.
This caused a later signing of the Treaty of Ghent, and a later ending to the war. It was signed on December 24, but word of the treaty didn't reach the US before a major British defeat in Orleans City. As a result of the Siege of Halifax, Americans were able to work into the treaty to keep Nova Scotia.