Having read some Articles on Dalaupprors Blog page (http://dalauppror.blogspot.com/) about some of the less well known conflicts daring the Napoleonic war era, I figured I look into my own countries small contribution to that era of history.
The War of 1812 was a military conflict that lasted from June 18, 1812, to February 18, 1815. That is a long time covering a vast area but with lots of small engagements with forces that would have been considered insignificant in Europe at the time.
And saw that the US system of relaying almost exclusively on militia for it defense to be very flawed.
It fallowed what almost seems to be a tradition of early American wars, of having a small inexperienced army lead by fools. Who after a time finally get there ducks in a row and finally start to win battles.
The conflict ended in a Draw between the US and Britain with the only victory being Canada because they proved that they where willing to fight and fight hard to not be apparat of the American experiment.
The War of 1812 also consisted of Wars in the Ohio river Valley against First nations peoples who where the real losers of this conflict. See Tecumseh's War and the Red Stick or Creek war.
There where also two wars against the Barbary Pirates and conflicts in Florida against the Seminoles and Spanish.
A lot of different forces covering a vast area, so in order to not overwhelm myself I will have to focuses on only a few places.
I am looking at 3 so far, the Niagara and Plattsburgh Campaigns, 1814
The Creek war, and the Chesapeake campaign.
All offer interesting uniforms and troops to paint and collect.
Luckily I Brigade Games is already starting to offers a nice collection to start. http://brigadegames.3dcartstores.com/War-of-1812_c_450.html
I will also be checking out Perry plastics to see if I can proxy or convert more troops for American regular and uniformed militia.