Notable War of 1812 Battles

Names, Locations, Dates, and Descriptions are from “An Alphabetical List of the Battles of the War of the Rebellion, With Dates”, Revised by Newton A. Strait; published 1878.





Aux Canards River


15 July 1812

Col. Cass, with 280 Americans, attacked and defeated a British guard, and obtained possession of a bridge highly important to the American army.

Beaver Dams


24 June 1813

570 Americans, under Colonel Boerstler, were attacked and taken prisoners by a large force of British.

Bellair, or Moor's Fields


27 August 1814

Sir Peter Parker, with 250 British marines, attacked 200 American militia, under Col. Reed, but was defeated. Loss : British; 41 killed and wounded. American; few wounded.

Black Rock
(attack on)

New York

11 July 1813

250 British regulars crossed the Niagara river and attacked and plundered Black Rock ; but a force of 230 Americans and 30 Indians soon assembled and compelled them to retreat. The loss on each side was trifling.

Black Rock and Buffalo

New York

13 December 1813

Defended by General A. Hall, with 1,200 men, against the assault of 1,000 British and Indians. Buffalo burnt. Americans; killed and wounded, 100. British; 75.



24 August 1814

The Americans, under Gen. Winder, were defeated by the British, under Gen. Ross. The latter advanced upon Washington, where they burnt the public buildings, and many private dwellings.



31 August 1814

Captured by 300 British, and occupied by them until April 15,1815. A portion of the British troops, if not all of them, belonged to the same regiment that occupied Boston, in 1770, at the time of the massacre of some of the inhabitants in the streets, March 5.


Upper Canada

14 October 1813

Col. R. M. Johnson, with a force in advance of the army under Gen. Harrison, defeated the British forces under Gen. Procter, capturing 2,000 stand of arms, ammunition and clothing.

Chatauqua River

Lower Canada

26 October 1813

Between 4,000 Americans, under Gen. Hampton, and 2,000 British, under Gen. Provost. Americans; killed and wounded, 34. British; 31.


New York

5 July 1814

The American troops, under Gen. Brown, defeated the British, under Gen. Riall, and compelled them to retire within their works. Loss : British; 198 killed, 100 wounded and 137 made prisoners. Amer-ican; 60 killed, 257 wounded and 20 missing.

Oraney Island


22 June 1813

2,500 British, under Sir Sidney Beckwith and Admiral Warren, were defeated by 480 Virginia militia and 150 sailors, under Colonel Beatty and other officers. British loss said to be 1,200 killed, wounded, deserted or drowned.

Fort Boyer

7 November 1814

Successfully defended by Major William Lawrence, U. S. A., with 131 men, against the assault of 930 British men on land and water. Americans; killed and wounded, 9. British; killed, wounded and blown up, 232.

Fort Chicago


15 August 1812

The garrison, of 54 regulars and 12 militia, were attacked by the Indians, and every one of them slain, together with 13 women and 12 children.

Fort Erie
(surprise of)


3 July 1814

The British garrison, consisting of 170 men, under Capt. Buck, were surprised by the Americans, under Gen. Brown, and all made prisoners.

Fort Erie
(assault on)


15 August 1814

The fort was defended by the Americans, under Gen. Gaines, and unsuccessfully assaulted by the British, under Cols. Drummond, Fischer and Scott. Loss: British; 57 killed, 319 wounded and 539 missing. American; 93 killed and wounded.

Fort Erie
(sortie from)


17 September 1814

The Americans sallied from the fort, totally defeated the British, and compelled them to raise the siege and retire. Loss: British; 578 killed, wounded and made prisoners. American; 82 killed, 216 wounded, and 215 missing.

Fort George


27 May 1813

The fort was defended by the British, under Col. Vincent, and taken by the Americans, under Gen, Boyd and Col. Miller. Loss : British; 300 killed, wounded and taken. American; 39 killed and 111 wounded.

Fort Harrison
(assault on)


4 September 1812

The fort was attacked by several hundred Indians. Capt. Zachary Taylor, with only 15 effective men, bravely repelled the assailants.

Fort Mackinac

Major Croghan attempts the recapture with 900 men, defended by 300 British. Americans; 74 killed and wounded. British; unknown.

Fort McHenry
(bombardment of)


13 September 1814

The British fleet, under Admiral Cochrane, bombarded the fort incessantly for 25 hours, but were finally compelled to withdraw.

Fort Meigs


5 May 1813

Fought between the Americans, under Gen. Harrison, and the British and Indians, under Gen. Proctor and Tecumseh. The Americans were victorious, but not without tremendous loss in a sortie which they made. Loss : British; 103 killed and wounded. American; 219 killed, 124 wounded, and 495 made prisoners.

Fort Niagara
(taking of)

New York

19 December 1813

The American garrison, consisting of 300 men, under Capt. Leonard, were surprised and taken by 400 British, under Col. Murray. Only 20 Americans escaped.

Fort Stephenson
(assault on)


1 August 1813

The fort was defended by 160 Americans, under Major Croghan, and attacked by 400 British and 800 Indians, under Gen. Proctor. The assailants were repulsed. Loss: British and Indian; 150 killed, wounded or taken. American; 1 killed and 7 wounded.



18 January 1813

Fought between 1,000 Americans, under Gen. Winchester, and 2,000 British and Indians, tinder Gen. Proctor, and the chiefs Roundhead and Split-log. After a desperate battle of six hours the Americans were overcome. Loss : American; 200 killed, 522 wounded and made prisoners. British; 24 killed and 158 wounded. Indian loss unknown.

General Hull
(Surrender of)


16 August 1812

The American army of 2,000 men, under Gen. Hull, stationed at Detroit, were surrendered by that recreant officer to 1,300 British and a body of Indians, under Gen. Brock, without firing a gun.

La Colle Mill


30 March 1814

The Americans, under Gen. Wilkinson, attacked 2,000 British, under Major Handcock, but were repulsed. Loss American; 13 killed and 123 wounded. British; (13 killed and 45 wounded.



4 March 1814

Fought between 160 Americans, under Capt. Holmes, and a considerable force of British and Indians. The latter were defeated. Loss: British; 65 killed and wounded. Indians; unknown. American; 7 killed and wounded.

Lundy's Lane*


25 July 1814

Fought and won by the Americans, under Gens. Scott, Brown and Ripley, against the British under Gens. Riall and Drummond. Loss: British; 878 killed and wounded. American; 860 killed and wounded.

[* - Niagara Falls and Bridgwater—being one and the same battle.]

Lyon's Creek


20 October 1814

1,200 British and the Marquis of Tweedale, were compelled to retreat by 1,000 Americans under Col. Bissell.



9 August 1812

Col. Miller, with 600 Americans, met and defeated a united British and Indian force, under Tecumseh. Loss: British and Indian; unknown. American; 18 killed and 64 wounded.



18 December 1812

The American camp, containing 600 men, under the command of Col. Campbell, was attacked by over 300 Indians, who were repulsed. Loss: American; 8 killed and 30 wounded. Indian; 40 killed .

New Orleans


8 January 1815

Fought between 6,000 Americans, under Gen. Jackson, and 14,000 British, under Gen. Packenham. The Americans were signally victorious. Loss: British; 2,600 killed, wounded and missing. American; 7 killed, and 6 wounded.

North Point


12 September 1814

Fought between 5,000 British, under Gen. Ross, and 2,300 Americans, under Gen. Stryker. The Americans were compelled to retreat behind their entrenchments. Gen. Ross was killed. Loss: American; 173 killed and wounded. British; 290 killed, wounded and missing.


New York

22 February 1813

Ogdensburgh was attacked by the British and Indians, under Frazer and McDonnell, and the Americans, under Capt. Forsythe were compelled to evacuate it. Loss: American; 27 killed. British; 64 killed and wounded.


New York

6 May 1814

The place was attacked by 1,600 British, under Gen. Drummond, and defended by 300 Americans, under Col. Mitchell. The latter were compiled to retreat. Loss: American; 70 killed and wound 3d. British; 94 killed and wounded.



7 November 1814

Captured by 3,000 men, under Gen. Andrew Jackson, which was defended by Spanish troops, assisted by the British fleet Americans; 11 killed and wounded. Enemy; 10.


New York

6 September 1814

Fought between the Americans, under Major Wool, and the British, under Gen. Brisbane. From the superior force of the enemy, the Americans had to retreat. Loss : American; 45 killed and wounded. British; 200 killed and wounded.


New York

11 September 1814

The British, under Gen. Prévost, were defeated by the Americans, under Gen. Macomb.



13 October 1812

Fought between about 1,000 Ameri-cans, under Gen. van Rensselaer, and the British and Indians, under Gen Brock, who was killed in this battle. The Americans were defeated. Losses American; 60 killed, 100 wounded, and 764 made prisoners. British; unknown.

River Raisin


18 January 1813

Fought between 800 Americans, under Gen. Lewis, and a body of British and Indians. The Americans were defeated. Loss : American; 12 killed, and 55 wounded. British; unknown.

Sackett's Harbor

New York

29 May 1813

Fought between the Americans, under Gen. Brown, and 1,000 British, under Sir J. L. Yeo and Gen. Prévost. The latter were repulsed. Loss : British; 260 killed, wounded and taken. American; 156 killed and wounded.

(bombardment of)


9 and 11 August 1814

A British fleet under Commodore Hardy, bombarded Stonington for three days; but the militia resisted the attack with great spirit, and he was compelled to withdraw.

Stony Creek


6 June 1813

The Americans commanded by General Chandler, were attacked by the British, under Col. Vincent, in the night. The Americans were victorious, but their General was taken prisoner by the British. Loss: British; 250 killed, wounded and taken. American; 30 killed, 180 wounded and taken.



5 October 1813

The combined British and Indians, under Gen. Proctor, were defeated by the Americans, under Gen. Harrison. The celebrated chief Tecumseh was killed in this battle, by Col. Johnson. Loss: British and Indian; 119 killed, 70 wounded and 600 taken. American; 55 killed, wounded and missing.

White House


1-6 September 1814

As the British fleet was passing down the Potomac river, it was cannonaded by Commodore David Porter. Americans; killed and wounded, 29. British; unknown.


Upper Canada

11 November 1813

Fought between 1,700 Americans, under Gen. Boyd, and 2,170 British, under Col. Morrison. The Americans were repulsed.Loss: American; 102 killed and 237 wounded. British; 22 killed, 147 wounded and 12 missing.


Upper Canada

27 April 1813

The Americans, numbering 1,700, under General Pike, took York, the capital of Upper Canada. The British, consisting of 800 men, under Gen. Sheaffe, blew up the works, by which Gen. Pike was mortally wounded, and 100 Americans killed or wounded, together with 40 of the enemy. Loss: British; 90 killed, 200 wounded and 750 made prisoners. American; 52 killed and 264 wounded.