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Although the War of 1812 is not as well known or as popular as the Revolutionary War or the Civil War, the second war with Great Britain helped forge the idea of the United States as one nation. The Star Spangled Banner, written during the British siege of Baltimore, is enduring proof of that legacy.  Several important battles, such as The River Raisin, Fort Meigs, and Lake Erie, were fought in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. As a result of the war, the spirited resistance of the Native American tribes to American settlement came to an end in this region.

Recommended Books

The war of 1812 and the rise of the U.S. Navy by Mark Collins Jenkins and David Taylor

"Thus fell Tecumseh" by Frank E. Kuron

Amongst my best men: African-Americans and the War of 1812 by Gerard T. Altoff

A Signal victory: the Lake Erie campaign, 1812-1813 by David Curtis Skaggs

Men of patriotism, courage, & enterprise!: Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 by Larry L. Nelson 

We have met the enemy: Oliver Hazard Perry: wilderness commodore by Richard Dillon

The Final invasion: Plattsburgh, the War of 1812's most decisive battle by David G. Fitz-Enz

HMS Detroit, the battle for Lake Erie by Robert Malcomson

The War of 1812: a guide to battlefields and historic sites by John Grant and Ray Jones

1812: the Navy's war by George C. Daughan

The civil war of 1812: American citizens, British subjects, Irish rebels, & Indian allies by Alan Taylor

Invaded on all sides: the story of Michigan's greatest battlefield scene of the engagements at Frenchtown and the River Raisin War of 1812 by Ralph Naveaux

Perilous fight: America's intrepid war with Britain on the high seas, 1812-1815 by Stephen Budiansky

Fort Meigs and the War of 1812: orderly book of Cushing's Company, 2nd U. S. Artillery, April 1813-February 1814, and personal diary of Captain Daniel Cushing

Don't give up the ship!: myths of the War of 1812 by Donald R. Hickey

Amateurs, to arms!: a military history of the War of 1812-1815 by John R. Elting 

Union 1812: the Americans who fought the Second War of Independence by A.J. Langguth

1812: war with America by Jon Latimer

Sword of the border: Major General Jacob Jennings Brown, 1775-1828 by John D. Morris

The naval War of 1812, or, The history of the United States Navy during the last war with Great Britain : to which is appended an account of the Battle of New Orleans by Theodore Roosevelt

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Reference Books

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE WAR OF 1812: a political, social, and military history by Spencer C. Tucker

The Naval War of 1812: a documentary history by William S. Dudley

American privateers in the War of 1812: the vessels and their prizes as recorded in Niles' weekly register / edited by Timothy S. Good

The United States Army in the War of 1812: concise biographies of commanders and operational histories of regiments, with bibliographies of published and primary resources by John C. Fredriksen

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Local History Books

Roster of Ohio soldiers in the War of 1812 / edited by Jeffrey A. Linscott

Ohio War of 1812 soldiers' family groups / edited by Sunda Anderson

Peter Navarre: War of 1812 scout: the man behind the legend by Larry Michaels & Robyn Hage

The Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814 / edited by David Curtis Skaggs and Larry L. Nelson

Fort Meigs: War of 1812 battleground by Larry Nelson

"Gibraltar of the northwest": Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 : a thesis by Douglas W. DeCroix

Document transcriptions of the War of 1812 in the Northwest by Richard C. Knopf

The journal of Ennis Duncan, Junior, orderly sergeant, 16th Regiment, Kentucky Militia Detached

Journal of the northwestern campaign of 1812-13 : under Major-General William H. Harrison by Lieut.-Colonel Eleazer D. Wood

Muster roll and diary of Captain John Robison, War of 1812

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The War of 1812 a production of WNED-TV

The War of 1812 presented by The History Channel

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Web sites

War of 1812 Heritage Trail

Fort Meigs

The War of 1812 Web site

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