Life During Wartime

Life During Wartime > Military and Civilian Leaders

In the nationalism that followed the War of 1812, Americans idolized military and civilian leaders. Status as a veteran served as a significant career boost, especially in national politics. Presidents Andrew Jackson (Old Hickory), John Quincy Adams, James Monroe, and William Henry Harrison all served in the war, as did vice presidents Daniel D. Tompkins, John C. Calhoun, and Richard M. Johnson.

Read on to learn about some of the prominent American military and civilian leaders of the War of 1812.

James Monroe spotted the British fleet landing near Benedict, Maryland. While serving as US Secretary of State, James Monroe acted as a self-styled scout for the American forces during the War of 1812. ©Gerry Embleton.


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