I think of the he War of 1812 (1812-1815) as a kind of forgotten war. It is sandwiched between the Revolution War and the Civil War and does not get a lot of attention. However, it was an important war. It was fought because of British restrictions on U.S. trade, America’s desire to expand its territory, and the impressment of United States sailors into the Royal Navy.
The war did not go well for the United States with several defeats. Most notable was the burning of the White House in 1814. However, the The United States was victorious in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans.
My great great great grandfather, James Hannah fought in the War of 1812. He enlisted in the 147 Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia under Colonel Rees Hill. They were stationed in Erie, Pennsylvania to guard the navel facility. There is no other information about what he did in the war or how long he served.
If I could talk to him, I would like to know exactly what he did, how long he served, and if he was in any battles.