1812 war veterans, in 1861
June 18, 1812: Nathan Boone and others formed military units in Missouri as The War of 1812 began. Tensions built between the United States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, American Indians, and Canada. The war resolved in a stale-mate after more than two years of fighting, during which the White House and Capitol were burned to the ground, and Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner."
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.
Photo, taken in 1861 and colored with tempera, features veterans of the War of 1812. Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library.