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Canadian man creates replicas of War of 1812 ships
The War of 1812 featured intense naval battles between state-of-the-art ships. Now one Canadian man is creating replicas of military watercraft used in the conflict. Michael Laforet must hand-make materials used on his replica ships. Making one vessel can take him up to 500 hours. Laforet hopes his replica ships…
Digitization of War of 1812 records a huge boost to genealogists
The National Archives in Washington, DC are the keepers of all US military records. For very old records, such as the War of 1812, that has always meant handling fragile papers. But since 2012, about 60 percent of the more than 7 million records have been digitized, making them an…
Family finds letter from Thomas Jefferson in attic
A box thought to simply contain family heirlooms ended up holding something much more valuable. A Mississippi family discovered a letter from Thomas Jefferson to their ancestor, US Ambassador to France William Crawford. The letter contains Jefferson's thoughts on the end of the War of 1812, in which he compares…
The US Brig Niagara
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Climb aboard a fully-functioning replica of the US Brig Niagara, which helped defeat six British ships during the Battle of Lake Erie.
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