Beginning in April 2012 and continuing through 2015, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and other government and non-profit partners will commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star Spangled Banner. New Orleans was chosen as the host city for the opening events marking the 200th anniversary.
The three-year commemoration will also end in New Orleans, where the last land battle of the war was fought and marked the last time a foreign army set foot on American soil.
Nearly 200 Years Ago
Dec. 14, 1814, U.S. Navy gunboats engaged British ships carrying an invasion force set on capturing New Orleans.
Dec. 23, 1814, U.S. Navy schooner Carolina and sloop Louisiana participated with American troops under the command of Gen. Andrew Jackson in an attack on the advancing British.
Sailors and Marines fought in Jackson’s lines outside of New Orleans and manned a battery on the western side of the Mississippi River that flanked the British.
Jan. 8, 1815, a frontal assault by the British against the American forces ended in disaster, saving the city.
The U.S. Navy: Then and Now
Throughout the Navy’s 236-year history, the force has been and continues to be comprised of highly trained and motivated Sailors and civilians with diverse backgrounds.
The commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is a salute to all sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conflict, who served in all of our nation’s conflicts since then and who are defending freedom around the world today.
The commemoration underscores the importance of the United States as a maritime nation dependent on a strong Navy and fostering international good will. Our Navy is forward deployed around the globe always ready to defend our national security while providing assistance to those in need.
The performance of America’s sailors and Marines in the War of 1812 set the standard upon which our naval forces continue to build today.
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