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The War of 1812 is sometimes called “the forgotten war.” Though it inspired the “Star
Spangled Banner,” this war is often overshadowed in American minds by the longer Revolutionary
and Civil wars.
A PBS film called “The War of 1812”
is demystifying this conflict with re-enactments, exlanatory animation and the commentary
of history experts. That’s a trailer for the show, above.
It premiered on TV last night, but you
can watch it online here if you missed it.
If you have a smartphone, you also can download
a mobile app with more videos, guides to battlefields and historic sites, and
Those with War of 1812 ancestors also will be interested in the Federation of Genealogical
Societies’ Preserve the Pensions project to
digitize pension files for War of 1812 soldiers. Many
of these records are already available at Fold3.com.
You can get more help finding War of 1812 ancestors with these related resources from Family
of US military campaigns (free article)
of 1812 records online (free article)
in 10 lesser-known wars (for Family
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