Thursday, April 19, 2012
200 Years Ago: War is brewing
The great thief of Europe was preparing for the invasion of Russia with his Grande Armée of nearly a half million men. And on this side of the world; Congress and President Madison were finally reaching the end of their patience with Britain's policy of stopping US flagged ships on the high seas and abducting American merchant sailors under the pretext (usually, though not always, false) that they were deserters from the Royal Navy. The first war would become one of the most famous military campaigns in history. The second has been largely forgotten in both America and Britain.