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Haitiansoldier Inactive Member28 Mar 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

Since it seems there are a lot of War of 1812 buffs here, which battle of the war do you find the most interesting and your favourite to read about? The battle for me would be Horseshoe Bend against the Creeks, since it really was a part of 1812.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 5:44 p.m. PST


21eRegt28 Mar 2017 6:04 p.m. PST

The Chippewa in 1814.

Peter Lowitt28 Mar 2017 6:10 p.m. PST

Richard Feltoe has a series on the war along the Canadian border which are great, well illustrated with lots of maps and OOBs. Don Graves books are also recommended

UpperCanada28 Mar 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

Lundy's Lane 1814 and Crysler's Farm 1813 (a REAL attempted cavalry charge!)…

Brechtel19828 Mar 2017 6:37 p.m. PST

Chippawa, Lundy's Lane, and Fort Erie (the last being a siege).

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 6:45 p.m. PST

Lundy's Lane.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

All kidding aside, same as Brechtel; I've always been a Eleazar Ripley fan meself!

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 8:01 p.m. PST

Jackson's night attack at Villere plantation, 23 December 1815. High drama, low comedy, amazing acts of both courage and stupidity on both sides, and almost nobody has ever heard of it.


RudyNelson28 Mar 2017 8:36 p.m. PST

While Horseshoe Bend is interesting, it was a no win situation for the Upper Creeks. My choice would be one of the two battles of Jacksons earlier expedition to reach the stronghold but he failed. The Crreks stooped him and then on his return to Fort Williams, he was ambushed icrossing the creek. My next choices would have been the battle at the Swamp to blunt and push back the Georgia's force advance. A close battle . I am not at a location to give the names of the battle. I will give them tomorrow when I can get to my book on the campaign.

David Manley28 Mar 2017 9:11 p.m. PST

Shannon vs. Chesapeake

mghFond28 Mar 2017 9:39 p.m. PST

Lundys Lane.

arthur181529 Mar 2017 2:31 a.m. PST

The battles of the 1814 Niagara campaign.

Ewan Hoosami Inactive Member29 Mar 2017 3:20 a.m. PST

The voyage of the USS Constitution.

Buckeye AKA Darryl29 Mar 2017 3:26 a.m. PST

Lake Erie
Fort Meigs
River Raisin
Lundy's Lane
Mackinac Island

Stavka29 Mar 2017 5:20 a.m. PST

Queenston Heights, Crysler's Farm, battle between the Chesapeake & Shannon.

KSmyth29 Mar 2017 5:54 a.m. PST

Chippewa and ahem, Bladensburg. Visited the latter battlefield twice. Keep thinking if I continue to look at it the results will be different. Sigh.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Bladensburg or the "Races" and the only battle that the us president commanded in person

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 7:25 a.m. PST

Let's see

First Polotsk
The operations of Marshal Macdonald.

RudyNelson29 Mar 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

The Muskogee halted the Georgia advance twice. At Autosee and Calabee Creek. An American claimed victory in both cases but they had to return to base so not a victory in my opinion.
Jackson was stopped in his first attempt to reach Horseshoe Bend at Emackfau Creek and as he was returning back to Fort Williams he was ambushed at Enitachopco Creek. As a result many Creek Micos did not fear an attack on Horseshoe Bend.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

Lundy's Lane…both armies deserved to win this ferocious slug fest!

The War of 1812 has so many interesting battles to read about and war game.

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

Another vote for Lundy's Lane.

Simcoe 2000 Inactive Member29 Mar 2017 9:32 a.m. PST

"Those are Regulars, by God!" Chippewa does it for me!

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Always like Sackets Harbor. Probably because I grew up in the general area and visited the battlefield all the time.
Recently, while research the battle I found some information about 150 cavalry arriving in Utica from Sackets in early April 1813 because of lack of provisions at Sackets. Another 150 arrived a couple of weeks later. Would have been interesting to have 300 mounted cavalry available for the May battle.

attilathepun47 Inactive Member29 Mar 2017 10:31 a.m. PST

The Battle of Lake Champlain. It was a very interesting and hard fought action. Had the result been different, it would have opened the Hudson River Valley to invasion by the largest army Britain ever fielded in the War of 1812.

Brechtel19829 Mar 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

Lundy's Lane…both armies deserved to win this ferocious slug fest!

Agree completely.

One British officer said of the action that it was the most savage that he had ever participated in.

And he had seen combat in Europe during the period.

Normal Guy29 Mar 2017 4:49 p.m. PST

Lundy's Lane
The Thames
Mackinac Island

skinkmasterreturns29 Mar 2017 6:50 p.m. PST

Lake Erie,followed by Ft Meigs,because these are relatively close to where I live,so its part of "my state's history".

Swab Jockey29 Mar 2017 7:07 p.m. PST

Battle of Newnans Lake.

14Bore31 Mar 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

In the American side of War of 1812 the only one after it was officially over, New Orleans. The one sided battle is facinating history.

Brechtel19831 Mar 2017 6:46 p.m. PST

Actually, the war wasn't officially over until the peace treaty was ratified by the US. That didn't happen until February 1815.

14Bore01 Apr 2017 4:09 p.m. PST

Yeah I know, you got,me Keven. Should have beem unofficially over

Frank the Arkie06 Apr 2017 8:37 p.m. PST

Jackson's attack on Pensacola in November 2014: Spanish regulars, militia from Cuba, British marines, Indians, American regulars, Tennesseans, Mississippi dragoons – what's not to like?

grtbrt Inactive Member07 Apr 2017 8:36 p.m. PST

Queenston heights
President vs Endymion
Salmon river campaign
Chesapeake Bay campaign

Smokey Roan Inactive Member14 Apr 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

Jackson's night attack at Villere plantation

I have, Brass! Scared the Hell out of the British. They realized they were not fighting an opponent who was a Marquis of Queensbury fan, and that "Beauty and Booty" won't come easy.

New Orleans is always my favorite, plus the Pensacola skrimishes leading up to it.

acough2001 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 4:29 a.m. PST

Chippewa and Lundy's Lane: these were the battles marking the beginning of an American (as an independent nation) army under professional officers.
"Those are Regulars, by God!"

SmokieGunner Inactive Member11 Aug 2017 4:16 p.m. PST

York, April 27, 1813. I like a challenge. It has everything, an amphibious assault, fighting in the woods and attacking an entrenched position. I personally am doing a heap of research on the Battle using primary documents from the Canadian Public Archives.

spontoon13 Aug 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

Queenston heights.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2017 5:48 p.m. PST

Chippewa 1814; great fight on the table top. Both sides have a chance to win.

Lundy's Lane; still working on this on. While I have the troops trying to figure out the night fighting

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