War of 1812 Bicentennial: Why does no one remember the war that made Andrew Jackson famous?
Anton Otto painting depicting the victory of the USS Constitution over HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812 Painting by Anton Otto Fischer. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a fact that may elude all but the most committed enthusiasts of America's more obscure wars. Historians of the period and of the war may resent Hofstadter’s summary dismissal, but it offers some clues as to why neither is the subject of much popular interest. The war was rooted in the tenuous diplomatic relationship of the United States with the traditional European powers. Though full-throated calls for war could be heard up and down the country, President Jefferson demurred.
But if Madison remained reluctant to go to war, a new generation of young congressmen began to embrace the idea that saving the republic was a matter of prosecuting war, not avoiding it.
Canada stood out as the first and most convenient place for the Americans to strike at the British. This may have worked if the Americans had been able to assemble a force capable of marching. No one more fully embodied the pathetic state of early American military might than General William Hull, the bloated and incompetent governor of the Michigan territory charged with the initial matter of marching into Canada. Surprisingly, the Americans had better luck on the water against the vaunted British Navy than they did on land against the Canadians. The war was not over, however, and the British prepared for a large counteroffensive in the summer of 1814. Both sides had proven able arsonists, but in the absence of clearer objectives and more decisive victories, there wasn’t much reason for war to go on. If the inconclusive and unsatisfying Treaty of Ghent had truly been the end of the War of 1812, Hofstadter’s assessment may well have been correct. News from Ghent had reached neither the 5,000 British troops gathering to take New Orleans nor Andrew Jackson and the force of 4,000 that he had dug in to defend the city and the control of the Mississippi River that came with it. When we sing the words to Francis Scott Key’s hastily composed poem that would later become the national anthem, we may not be aware that we are revisiting the War of 1812. I have seen several topics about this, mostly on the old MSW, but also a couple here about the difficulties of staining basswood without splotching. One of the things I learned building and finishing cabinets and furniture over the years is that sanding plays a huge role in how your stain comes out. Then I applied 4 coats of blond shelac to the top half and 4 coats of linseed oil to the bottom half. After all of this I am starting to think that maybe the best solution is to either wash coat or not stain at all. Welcome GUEST to the Model Ship World Community.Please LOGIN or REGISTER to use all of our feautures. I've been making progress on my model and according to the instruction booklet I should be painting it, at least parts of it. Something else just occurred to me which could fit into your weather timber theme or might appeal to someone else, how about a very simple diorama, beach scene, below the high water mark would make the sand nice and smooth, you just need a furrow where the keel has been pulled up the beach. If I build the Bounty's launch, the beach idea would be a good one as the good captain Bligh did land on the great barrier reef and also on the Island of Tofua.
Well I found, at least for me, the ideal hunk of wood for my weathered looking display case base. This could be a nice companion with the piece of whale bone (with a salmon mounted to it's top) that is hanging on my wall. You can experiment with some scrap cloth to determine how long to leave the sail soaking to get the amount of color you like.
Don’t expect coverage to compete with or even register alongside the steady drumbeat that has accompanied the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The War of 1812 has complicated origins, a confusing course, an inconclusive outcome, and demands at least a cursory understanding of Canadian geography. But while Hofstadter was right in many ways, his broadside fails to register the war’s central place in the national story. British ships patrolled the Atlantic, lurking close to American ports and subjecting American merchant vessels to search and seizure. A vast territory peopled by barely half a million souls with an apparently loose allegiance to Britain, Canada seemed an easy prize.
At the outbreak of hostilities, however, the army was a dissolute and ragtag force of fewer than 7,000 troops, led by an aging and ineffectual officer corps.

Entering present-day Ontario from Detroit at the head of an ill-trained troop of 2,000 militiamen, Hull met with little initial resistance, but his triumph ended there. A series of small but significant victories on the Atlantic in 1812 gave the British the rare experience of naval defeat. In September of 1813, the rakish-looking Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry withstood a pummeling from British naval forces at Put-in-Bay off the Ohio coast of Lake Erie before turning the tide and forcing the entire fleet to surrender. By August they had amassed a large force along the mid-Atlantic coast, preparing to deal the Americans their greatest humiliation of the war.
It was entirely characteristic of the conflict that efforts to negotiate peace had begun even before any fighting had broken out back in 1812.
After nearly two and a half years of fighting, the country was nearly bankrupt, New Englanders remained bitterly opposed to the war to the point of contemplating secession, and the conflict had yielded no appreciable gains. Jackson, the frontier upstart from Tennessee, was already earning a national reputation for his vigorous Indian fighting across the Southeast, but he would become a national hero at the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. When the news of the battle reached Washington in February, Congress ratified the Treaty of Ghent not as the indifferent conclusion to a stalemate but as a seemingly great triumph over the old empire. Nor are we generally aware that the song’s first verse is phrased almost entirely in the form of a question. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.
The stains available at most hardware and building stores are a pigment based product in an oil or water based carrier.
I didnt bother cleaning off the glue since I wanted to see if it was possable to sand out a glue smudge. Normally on a piece of furniture I would only go to 220, but with all the directional changes on a hull I felt 400 would be better. I sanded the entire board to 400, then applied the dye to the left side of another board and the same golden mahogany to the right side with both conditioner and washcoat. Something really unexpected happened when I applied the shellac, the brown dye turned greenish brown.
One of the furniture makers I worked with years ago swore if you wanted a dark finish go with a dark wood. Bright & shiny may look a little out of place depending on how you do the case, perhaps some 'aged' timber blocks with a prop under one gunwhale to stop it rolling over, the boat doesn't have to be perfectly upright after all. If you wanted to take it a bit further, make some footprints with a toy soldier to give it a human touch and perhaps an anchor out onto the beach or a painter around a tree. Mostly the small whale hunting gear and figure a way to impart a grungy look to the furled sail. If you go too far on the actual sail, then just wash it out with detergent and start again. Now I'm going to figure a way to soot up the furled sail, like smoke from the try works got on it.
Rub the pastel against the glass paper over the furled sail about six inches above the sail and allow the dust to drop onto it, enough that it's just noticeable, not too much. It's hard to imagine a flurry of 1812 books flying off the shelves, or the New York Times commissioning a blog series about the conflict. The war plays out as a disappointing second act to the Revolution, with the nation suddenly at the whim of Europeans and Indians and riven by internal dissent, and the heroes and heirs of 1776 acting without the pluck and ingenuity that we expect of them. The Revolution was supposed to have been a discrete event, one that created the indisputable fact of the American nation.
When Napoleon’s reach for European hegemony renewed hostilities between the two countries in 1803, both sides implemented policies that denied American rights to neutral trade, making commerce with either an act of allegiance to one nation and hostility to the other. Upon taking office, Jefferson had pared the military down to a bare-bones army and a navy of just a handful of ships ready for service.
Some Americans saw a vast plot to recolonize the United States, not just in the impressment of sailors, but also in the growing unrest of Indians in the West.
Two days earlier, the British foreign minister had lifted the offending trade restrictions against the United States, but that news wouldn’t reach American shores for weeks, and the die was cast for the bizarre war that followed. Where the regular army fell short, state militias of public-minded citizen soldiers were to fill in. Upon hearing news that the British had taken Fort Mackinac at the northern tip of Michigan, Hull panicked and pulled his men back to the American fort at Detroit. In addition to presenting the splendid spectacle of a 15-ship naval battle on a Great Lake (both sides had rushed to build up their inland fleets), Perry had opened the way for William Henry Harrison to record a smashing victory the following month at the Battle of the Thames in Ontario (about 50 miles east of Detroit).
After easily dispensing with the small militia force in place to defend the capital, 4,000 Royal Marines marched into Washington.

But when news arrived to envoys in Ghent in October that an American fleet had held off a British invasion of New England, the way to an agreement was cleared. You can make your own by taking one part boiled linseed oil to 9 or 10 parts mineral spirits.
I have my doubts as to its applications in model ship building, its messy and all the details in a build make me think glazing is a recipe for disaster. Also if you look closely at the bottom of the board you will see a small green blob that is a small spot of the clear poly I used on the other sample. For that matter you could angle the boat within the case, something a little different to the boat being perfectly square.
Like Avogadro's number or the rules of subjunctive verbs, the War of 1812 is one of those things that you learned about in school and promptly forgot without major consequence. Revisiting the War of 1812 reminds us that the nation remained incomplete in the early decades of the 19th century. Aside from insufficient military might, Jefferson believed that wars and the armies and navies needed to fight them brought nothing but debt, taxes, more wars, and the destruction of republics. After William Henry Harrison’s clash with Shawnee Indians at Tippecanoe on November 11 (which would be later immortalized in his 1840 presidential run), many Americans suspected that the British were encouraging and supplying a growing Indian confederacy. But New England governors, who blamed the war on the policies of Jefferson and Madison rather than the actions of the British, opposed the war and refused to raise militias (thus creating yet another vexing aspect of the war: The very people who were most adversely affected by the British were the most loathe to go to war with them).
When he received a bogus document warning of a vast force of Indians on the march, Hull lost it. Madison and his government had left in such a hurry that British officers found a dinner for 40 sitting uneaten in an executive mansion dining room.
On Christmas Eve, 1814, the two sides signed the Treaty of Ghent, which was simply an accord to end the war. Occupying well-entrenched positions, Jackson’s troop would easily repulse the British attack and inflict heavy casualties.
It was fitting that he would eventually come to dominate the age that the war ushered in as a national symbol as powerful as George Washington had been to the Revolution and its aftermath. The War of 1812 was carried out amid similar questions about the Revolutionary legacy and the endurance of nation itself. The finer you sand the less nooks and crannies there are available for the pigments to lodge in. Meanwhile, those units that did form in other states were filled with so many unruly and disobedient men that even the ablest commanders found it difficult to lead. Barely coherent, stuffing his mouth with so much tobacco that the juice ran down his face, and crouching to avoid imaginary artillery shelling, Hull yielded Detroit without any real fire from a smaller force of British Canadians and Indians. They stuffed themselves before torching the place and moving on to burn the Capitol and various other public buildings around the city. A lot of woods, Cherry, Maple and evidently basswood have inconsistencies in their structures and evidently some woods have variations in their sap content. You need to go to a specialty wood working store like Rockler, Woodcraft, or my favorite, Homestead finishing.
This is a great example of why you should always do a test board when staining and finishing.
To give the viewer a sense of scale, the ships cat will be somewhere in the boat stalking a rat (also aboard) this will give the viewer a reason to scan the innards of the boat. The policy failed miserably, choking the economy and fanning an already intense opposition to Jefferson and his party among New Englanders that would carry into the war itself.
Their efforts amounted to little more than vengeance for the American burning of York (Toronto) the previous year, and the troop headed north.
Neither side lost or gained anything and the border between the United States and British Canada went unchanged.
I think a garnet shellac would offset the green but I would need to get some flakes and see. The war was just a few months old, and the entire Michigan territory had fallen into British hands.

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