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War of 1812 Monuments, Memorials and Historical Markers

Across North America and in the United Kingdom, a wide variety of monuments, memorials, and historical markers commemorate the events of the War of 1812 and the people who fought in the war or supported the fighters. 

monuments little rock  Little Rock, AR

Following the War of 1812 many veterans were award land grants in Arkansas Territory. The water fountain memorializes 56 of these veterans who are buried in Arkansas. The memorial is located near the southeast corner of the Capitol, this monument was dedicated in 1917 and refurbished in 2003-2004.

British Columbia
 memorial british columbia surrey Surrey

A monument commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, the Peace Arch straddles the U.S.-Canadian border in Peace Arch Park. The arch, built by Sam Hill, is 67 feet tall and flies the colors of both countries from its crown. On the Canadian side the arch is inscribed 'Brethren Dwelling Together In Unity' and on the U.S. side it reads 'Children of a Common Mother'. The inscriptions stand to indicate the long-lasting peace experienced by the two nations after the Treaty of Ghent was signed.



 memorial stonington ct Stonington, CT

This monument commemorates the defense of Stonington during a British naval bombardment that lasted between August 9-12, 1814. A group of five British warships anchored off Stonington and shelled the city. No lives were lost in the attack, but 40 local buildings were damaged. The 1830 obelisk, topped with a naval shell, stands in the borough of Stonington's Cannon Square. An inscription on the monument's north face reads, "These two guns of 18 pounds caliber were heroically used to repel the attack on Stonington of the English naval vessels Ramilies, 74 guns, Pactolus, 44, Dispatch, 20, Nimrod, 20 and the bomb ship Terror. August 10, 1814."

The monument's north face also contains the Latin inscription "In perpetuam rei memoriam" (In everlasting remembrance of the event). The monument's south face honors "the defenders of the fort," and lists the names of 10 residents who manned the cannons during the English attack.

 memorial louisiana chalmette Chalmette, LA

The final land battle of the War of 1812 was fought here after the peace treaty had been signed, but before the news had reached the armies. The Battle of New Orleans Memorial stands over 70 feet tall and looks over the battlefield where 2000 British and 13 U.S. casualties occurred.

memorial baltimore stricker  Baltimore, MD

Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs holds the gravestones of many influential American figures, including many veterans of the war of 1812. Those who rest here include Brigadier General John Stricker, Major General Samuel Smith, and David Poe Senior.

mounment baltimore battle monument

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore's Battle Monument commemorates the Battle of Baltimore. Fighting ensued in the city during September of 1814, towards the end of the war, a decidedly defining moment for Baltimore; as a result, this monument appears on the city's flag and seal.



 memorial baltimore patterson pagoda

Baltimore, MD

Three War of 1812 monuments are located directly in front of the Patterson Park Pagoda in Baltimore. J. Maxwell Miller's Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Monument depicts two school children holding a memorial scroll; the Rodgers' Bastion Memorial Cannon commemorates the land battle lead by Commodore Rodgers; a row of five cannon represent the War of 1812 fortificationat Hampstead Hill (now part of Patterson Park).

 monument baltimore bomb and rack

Baltimore, MD

The War of 1812 Bomb and Rack monument displays a shot fired by a British warship into Fort McHenry.

 monument baltimore flag house

Baltimore, MD

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag was designed and primarily sewn at Baltimore's Flag House. The historic building and museum was once occupied by Mary Young Pickersgill and her successful flag making business.

memorial baltimore wells and mccomas 

Baltimore, MD

Daniel Wells and Henry McComas were members of Captain Edward Aisquith's Militia Rifle Company in 1814, and were credited with killing British General Robert Ross, who had led the sack of Washington, DC. The monument was completed in 1873 and is made of Baltimore County marble.

New York
 memorial ny sackets harbor

Sackets Harbor, NY

The groundbreaking ceremony for this monument's construction is planned for August 4, 2012. Once erected, it will stand to commemorate the lives of those Crown Forces that died in the 1813 Battle of Sackets Harbor, and who have remained buried beneath the battlefield for 200 years.

 memorial oh perry victory

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial

The Doric-style column watching over Lake Erie from 352 feet above the water's surface is a tribute to the victory obtained by Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry on September 10, 1813. The victory of the American Flotilla against the British on that day secured Lake Erie as American territory, forcing the Brits to abandon Fort Malden. Later the victory of the Battle of Lake Erie, as well as the victory obtained by Americans in the Battle of the Thames, served to ensure that Ohio and Michigan remained the sovereign territory of the United States.

memorial ontario brock


This monument is named after Sir Major-General Isaac Brock and his heroic defense of Queenston against American troops on October 13, 1812. Queenston was an important vantage point for the British due to its location as the northern portage point around Niagara Falls. All supplies travelling to Forts along the great lakes and Niagara River had to pass by Queenston. Brock was fatally wounded while leading his troops into battle, but General Sheaffe arrived in time to prevent the town from falling into American control.



 memorial ontario chryslers farm


The Battle of Crysler's Farm, fought on 11 November 1813, saw a British and Canadian force win a victory over a larger American army, causing the Americans to abandon the St. Lawrence Campaign, their major strategic effort in the autumn of 1813. The monument was erected in 1895 and originally located at the site of the battlefield, but was later moved to Upper Canada Village, a heritage park in the village of Riverside near Morrisburg, Ontario, which depicts a 19th-century village in Upper Canada. The plaque on this obelisk reads, "In honour of the brave men who fought and fell in the victory of Chrysler's Farm on the 11th November 1813."



Rhode Island



memorial ri newport perry

Newport, RI

The full-length bronze statue of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in Newport's Eisenhower Park recalls the Battle of Lake Erie, won by the cunning and ingenuity of the Commodore. The monument is inscribed with his famous words, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours," followed by the date on which they were uttered: September 13, 1813. The statue was designed by William Greene Turner and was dedicated on the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1885.



South Carolina



memorial sc mount pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

Inside a cemetery in Mount Pleasant stands a monument inscribed: "On the 18th, June 1812 the United States of America declared war against Great Britain. At the first Sound of Trumpet, the Patriot Soldiers who sleep beneath this monument flew to the Standard of Liberty. Here they fell beneath the scythe of Death. The sympathies of the Brave, the tear of the Stranger, and the Slow Dirges of the Camp attended them to the tomb."





United Kingdom



memorial uk ross memorial

County Down, Northern Ireland

The Ross Monument was built as a tribute to Major-General Robert Ross, standing on the exact location where the Anglo-Irish British Army officer had intended to build his retirement home upon a safe return from the war. However, Ross perished during the Battle of Baltimore on September 12, 1814 and is buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The obelisk was dedicated to his memory in 1826, twelve years after his death.


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