James & Dolley Madison's War

On June 19, 1812, President James Madison issued a proclamation to the public, declaring the United States was at war with Great Britain. The previous day, he had sent a message to Congress asking for a declaration of war.  The war would define his presidency and the new nation.

To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a selection of books about the war from the History collection will be displayed outside of Room 207 during June. Read about how the United States and Great Britain become involved in war and its impact.

President Madison's address to Congress, published in the Washington Intelligencer on June 20th, 1812 is on display in the Washingtoniana Division, Room 307, along with popular reading material of the time.

Below are links to online resources about War of 1812.

Selected Links of Interest