1812U.S. Congress declared war on Great Britain.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, World Events, Military

Notice from the United States, District of Georgia, that David Ingersoll was “restored to his country” after being held as a prisoner by the British government, 1814. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archive, Box D34, FF
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The War of 1812 (1812-15) was fought between the United States and Great Britain, primarily over the impressment of American sailors by the British Navy, as well as disagreements over trade, western expansion, and Indigenous policy. President James Madison called for a special session of the U.S. Congress on June 1, 1812, in which a war message was considered. The vote divided the House (79–49) and was gravely close in the Senate (19–13) because seafaring New Englanders opposed the war, while Westerners and Southerners supported it, President Madison signed the declaration of war on June 18, 1812.

War of 1812 | History, Summary, Causes, Effects, Timeline, Facts, & Significance | Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/event/War-of-1812.
“A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 - 1875.” https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=002/llsl002.db&recNum=792.
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