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American Revolution


Mexican-American War

War of 1812

June 18, 1812


February 4, 1815


North America


Stalemate: Treaty of Ghent, where all lands were returned to original owners (except Nova Scotia), and all captured ships and prisoners were freed.

Major battles:

Battle of Queenston Heights, Battle of Baltimore, Capture of Fort Niagara, Siege of Halifax


US flag with 60 stars by Hellerick United States

Flag of the United Kingdom Great Britain


Henry Dearborn, Jacob Brown, Winfield Scott, Andrew Jackson William Henry Harrison, William Hull, Zebulon Pike

Sir George Prévost, Sir Isaac Brock, Gordon Drummond, Charles de Salaberry


7,000 (start); 35,800 (end)

5,200 (start); 48,160 (end)

Casualties and Losses

2,200 killed in action; 4,505 wounded; 15,000 (est.) died from all causes

1,600 killed in action; 3,679 wounded; 3,321 died from disease

The War of 1812 was an armed conflict between the United States and Great Britain, caused by many reasons.

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 Seige of Halifax was the last major battle. A famous pre-PoD event in both ATL and OTL is the Burning of Washington.

PoD (Seige 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 seige 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 Seige of Halifax, Americans were able to work into the treaty to keep Nova Scotia.

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