War of 1812
War of 1812 is a 4-part documentary series that brings to life an extraordinary, but not well understood, a conflict that decided the fate of North America, confirmed the creation of Canada and annihilated for all time the dream of an independent Native nation. Using actors and real-life accounts to recreate the battles and correspondence between leaders, War of 1812 offers a rare look at history.
Directed byBrian McKenna
S01:E01 - When I Meet My Doom
Tensions mount between the United States and Great Britain. War is inevitable. The British general Isaac Brock sends troops to take Fort Mackinac, leading to the first victory of the war. Brock signs an agreement with Tecumseh, forging an alliance between the British and Canada's First Nations.
S01:E02 - Or Leave Our Bones Upon Them
Under the leadership of the legendary Tecumseh the native Shawnee people rallied together to oppose the conquering white men and their cultural influences such as alcohol. Future President William Henry Harrison admired the leadership and genius of Tecumseh but was tasked with ending his rebellion. This episode uses actors to recreate the conversations and correspondence between these two leaders.
S01:E03 - So Awful a Night
The two sides are locked in a stalemate on Lake Ontario. General Wilkinson descends the St. Lawrence River. The American advance is repulsed at the Battles of Chateauguay and Crysler's Farm. By the end of 1813, much of Canada has been laid waste by war but continues to resist the invaders.
S01:E04 - And the Rockets Red Glare
There are bloody battles on the Niagara frontier. The British sail up the Chesapeake Bay and burn public buildings in Washington. But events in Europe influence the end to the conflict. Canadians, Native Americans and the still young republic of the United States feel the effects of the war for years.