Taft The Importance of the War of The obscurity of this war, however, should not blind us to its significance, for it was an important turning point, a great watershed, in the history of the young republic. It concluded almost a quarter of a century of troubled diplomacy and partisan politics and ushered in the Era of Good Feelings. It marked the end of the Federalist party but the vindication of Federalist policies, many of which were adopted by Republicans during or after the war. The war also broke the power of American Indians and reinforced the powerful undercurrent of Anglophobia that had been spawned by the Revolution a generation before.
From the time he first went to sea at age thirteen, the Baltimore native was a magnet for adventure on the high seas. At sixteen, he commanded a ship that was caught up in a Spanish campaign against Algiers.
His experiences during the Revolution, while he was still in his teens, made Barney an American hero. Captured three times, he was held on a notorious prison ship and escaped his captors twice. As the war ended, he fought and won a spirited sea battle, then carried secret messages to and from France during the peace negotiations.
The French were so impressed with Barney, they hired him to run their West Indies Squadron in the s. Retired from the sea, and after years of success as a Baltimore merchant trader, the veteran mariner launched his most important adventure.
As another war began inBarney was at sea again, commanding the legendary Baltimore privateer Rossie and preying on British shipping.
During the summer ofBarney, now commodore of the U. Chesapeake Flotilla, bravely engaged the mighty Royal Navy. Under orders from the Secretary of Navy, the flotillamen scuttled their gun barges in the face of overwhelming odds, Barney and his flotillamen marched to Bladensburg and won British respect with their determined defense of the road to the Federal City.
Seriously wounded at the battle, the commodore was headed for new adventures in Kentucky when he finally succumbed to the Bladensburg wound inthus ending his remarkable life.
He confidently grasps his side sword and proudly wears his Society of Cincinnati Medal, marking him as a decorated veteran of the Revolution. Early America had only a handful of heroes who measure up to the bold achievements of Commodore Joshua Barney. Navy Captain David Porter, Jr.
President James Madison The fourth U. His influence on the U.
Constitution was legendary, but he was a far from confident public figure. Trembling and pale at the inaugural ceremony, he labored to project his voice to the audience straining to hear his address. It was up to his spirited, attractive wife, Dolley —a pioneering first lady, to give the new administration some vim and vigor.
President Madison promised peace with honor, but he was faced with the same challenges that had all but brought down his predecessor. Like Jefferson, he believed that "no nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
The cautious, often indecisive, new president was no match for Napoleon Bonaparte and cagey, duplicitous British foreign ministers.
To make matters worse, Madison had an ineffective secretary of state in Marylander Robert Smith — When the president replaced Smith with James Monroe —relations with Great Britain continued to worsen. In mid, another incident at sea had British newspapers calling for revenge for "the blood of our murdered countrymen.
After a bloody engagement on the high seas, Rodgers won more fame on land in With his illustrious fighting years behind him, John Rodgers served for decades as the head of the newly created U.
Board of Navy Commissioners. Navy dynasty as his son commanded ironclads during the Civil War; his grandson was an admiral in World War I and his great grandson a naval aviator. Sion Hill, the Federal-style home still privately owned by descendants of the Rodgers family, stands on a hill overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
Army called up for a military emergency. General Winder, of Somerset County, Maryland, was a lawyer by trade. He practiced successfully in Baltimore before the War of Winder was sent to the Niagara frontier as an army colonel then promoted to brigadier general.
In his first combat inhe was captured during the night battle at Stoney Creek and spent most of a year as a prisoner of war. When exchanged inWinder was placed in charge of the 10th U. Military District defenses, which included Maryland and Washington.
He entered the U. Armistead assumed command of Fort McHenry in early His command included the fort itself, the Lazaretto Battery directly across the channel, and a small flotilla of gunboats. In the days just prior to the British attack on September 13, Armistead had little time for sleep as he organized his defenses.
The firing continued throughout the night.An American Perspective on the War of by Donald Hickey The War of is probably our most obscure conflict. Although a great deal has been written about the war, the average American is.
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The years following* the end of the War of have been called the “era of good feelings" because of their apparent lack of partisan political strife.
In the Election of , James Monroe decisively defeated the last of the Federalist candidates. Monroe was overwhelmingly reelected in the Election of with no opposition whatsoever..
Domestic politics under Monroe revolved around three. Modern history, the modern period or the modern era, is the linear, global, historiographical approach to the time frame after post-classical history.
This view stands in contrast to the "organic," or non-linear, view of history first put forward by the renowned philosopher and historian, Oswald Spengler, early in the 20th century. Modern history . Sectional rivalries bubbled to the surface as the Era of Good Feelings slipped into history.
The South began feeling more and more resentful of the influential manufacturers of the North. See neutral rights Selected Quotes Quotes regarding War of By Henry Clay Strike wherever we can reach the enemy, at sea and on land.
But if we fail, let us fail like men, lash ourselves to our gallant gars, and expire together in one common struggle, fighting for free trade and seamen's rights.