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Note: in the list below, victories are indicated by the flags of the winning side.

British
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American
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1812
 
 

June 18, United States Declares War on Great Britain.

 
   

July 12, General Hull invades Upper Canada at Sandwich (Detroit River)

Stars and Stripes
 
 

July 17, Captain Charles Roberts captures Fort Michilimackinac from the United States (Lake Huron)

Union Jack
   
 

August 15, Americans evacuate Fort Dearborn (Chicago), post destroyed by First Nations

Union Jack
   
 

August 16, General Brock and Tecumseh capture Detroit with combination of militia, First Nations and British regulars

Union Jack
   
 

September 21, Americans raid Gananoque destroy military depot

Stars and Stripes
   
 

October 13, Americans defeated at Queenston Heights (Niagara), Brock killed

Union Jack
   
 

November, an American army approaches Lower Canada from the south but withdraws without attempting to capture the city or engage British troops.

Union Jack
   
 

November 29, Americans cross Niagara River at Frenchman's Creek, withdraw after counter attack by British and militia.

Union Jack
   
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1813  
 

January 19, Battle of Frenchtown - Colonel Proctor with mixed force of regulars, militia and First Nations defeats U.S. General Winchester and compels surrender

Union Jack
   
 

February 22, Lieutenant-Colonel George Macdonnel
raids Ogdensburg, New York

Union Jack
   
 

April 27, Dearborn's forces raid York (Toronto), British forces retreat on Kingston

Stars and Stripes
   
 

April 28-May 10, Siege of Fort Meigs on the Maumee (Ohio) fails to capture the American post

Stars and Stripes
   
 

May 25-27, Dearborn captures Fort George (Niagara), British forces under General Vincent retreat to Burlington

Stars and Stripes
   
 

May 29, British raid on Sackets Harbor (Lake Ontario); fail to destroy American naval base

Stars and Stripes
   
 

June 6, Battle of Stoney Creek, American forces withdraw to Fort George

Union Jack
   
 

June 24, Battle of Beaver Dams, American detachment, surrounded by First Nation warriors, forced to surrender to Colonel Fitzgibbon following warnings by Laura Secord

Union Jack
   
 

August 2, Attack on Fort Stephenson on the Sandusky River (Ohio) repulsed with heavy losses, Proctor retreats to Detroit

Stars and Stripes
   
 

September 10, Battle of Lake Erie, British squadron captured. Proctor decides to evacuate Detroit and eventually withdraws completely from the area due to failing supplies

Stars and Stripes
   
 

October 5, Battle of the Thames, British defeated, Tecumseh killed, General Proctor retreats on Burlington

Stars and Stripes
   
 

October 26, Battle of Châteauguay in Lower Canada, American army under Wade Hampton retreats back over the border.

Union Jack
   
 

November 11, Battle of Chrysler's Farm, U.S. forces repulsed, American army retreats after word of the defeat at Châteauguay in Lower Canada

Union Jack
   
 

December 10, General McClure burns Niagara and retreats to American side of the Niagara River

 
   
 

December 19, British Capture Fort Niagara, destroy American settlements along the Niagara in retaliation for Niagara

Union Jack
   

1814  
 

March 4, Battle of Long Woods or Battle Hill near Thamesville - American raiders from Detroit repulse attack by British regulars and Upper Canadian militia.

Stars and Stripes
   
 

Spring and Summer, Royal Navy raids communities and shipping along Virginia and North Carolina coastline. Economic blockade of the United States tightened.

 
   
 

May 6, British capture Oswego, New York, destroy depot

Union Jack
   
 

May 23-June 21, Treason Trials at Ancaster Upper Canada (Hamilton)

 
   
 

July 3, General Jacob Brown captures Fort Erie

Stars and Stripes
   
 

July 5, Battle of Chippewa, British defeated under General Rial, retreat on Queenston

Stars and Stripes
   
 

July 25, Battle of Lundy's Lane, British under General Drummond, Americans withdraw to Fort Erie next day

Union Jack
   
 

August 4-5, Successful British defence of Michilimackinac

Union Jack
   
 

August 12, British naval and army personnel capture two American war vessels off Fort Erie, the Ohio and the Sommers.

Union Jack
   
 

August 14, British supply ship Nancy destroyed in engagement in Nottawasaga Bay.

Stars and Stripes
   
 

August 15, British attack Fort Erie, repulsed with heavy loss.

Stars and Stripes
   
 

August 24, Battle of Bladensburg, British defeat U.S. forces and destroy part of Washington in retaliation for York.

Union Jack
   
 

August 31, Castine and other coastal towns in Maine captured in joint action by British army and Royal Navy.

Union Jack
   
 

September 3, American war vessel Tigress captured off Mackinaw Island by British gunboats (renamed the Surprise)

Union Jack
   
 

September 5, American war vessel Scorpion captured by Tigress (renamed the Confiance)

Union Jack
   
 

September 11, Battle of Lake Champlain, British squadron defeated, General Prevost retreats without attacking American garrison at Plattsburg

Stars and Stripes
   
 

September 17, Americans attack British siege positions, destroy Battery

Stars and Stripes
   
 

October 19, Battle of Cooks Mills, last fight in Upper Canada

 
   
 

November 5, American forces evacuate Niagara Peninsula

 
   
 

December 25, Treaty of Ghent signed ending the War of 1812

 
   

1815  
 

January 8, Battle of New Orleans, British defeated, two weeks after the preliminary terms of the peace treaty were signed

 

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