The War of 1812-14, as I learnt from the useful article in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812 is barely remembered in this country. That is because, understandably enough,
It most certainly wasn't a British triumph, and that's probably another reason why we don't talk much about it. The above painting by Anton Otto Fischer depicts the first victory at sea by the USS Constitution over HMS Guerriere.
And here we have the 1910 painting by the American Edward Percy Moran (1862-1935), showing the
Now I agree that there's not much connection here with
But the above poster that I received from the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, promoting a day-long symposium on the War of 1812, made me wonder whether we might see something similar take place in Budleigh in a couple of years' time, supported by our own Museum.
Like, for example, aspects of World War I in so far as they affected life in our town a century ago.
We'll see. It all takes time, planning, and motivation of course.
Anyway, as I said, you can read all about the War of 1812 in the Wikipedia article. There's no mention of shameful massacres, and it seems that the effect of the War was positive in terms of improved Anglo-American relations and the Special Relationship, even if the British left the US Capitol in the terrible state that you see here in this 1814 painting now in the Library of Congress. The British attempted to burn the building and the artist has depicted the fire damage to the Senate and House wings, the damaged colonnade in the House of Representatives shored up with wood to prevent its collapse, and the shell of the rotunda with the facade and roof missing.
Painting by John David Kelly (1862-1958) showing the death of the American General Brock at the Battle of Queenston Heights in 1812
Some of these images taken from the Wikipedia article do show that blood was spilt, and that's a cause for sadness.