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The War of 1812: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress



The Prints and Photographs Division holds many images relating to the War of 1812 and its participants. This selected list focuses on items that were created during the war and its immediate aftermath. Original drawings and prints made before 1830 help convey how people of that era saw the war. The list is subdivided by nationality, as this may have affected the allegiance of the maker and the nature of the depiction. Suggestions for locating additional images appear after the select list, and a more inclusive list of images relating to the War of 1812 is available upon request [view Ask a Librarian contact information].

Land Battles

American or American-Influenced Images

A view of Col. Johnson's engagement with the savages (commanded by Tecumseh) near Moravian Town, October 5th 1812 [i.e., 1813]
A view of Col. Johnson's engagement with the savages (commanded by Tecumseh) near Moravian Town, October 5th 1812 [i.e., 1813]
First view of the battle of Patapsco Neck dedicated to those who lost their friends in defence of their country, Septr. 12, 1814
First view of the battle of Patapsco Neck dedicated to those who lost their friends in defence of their country, Septr. 12, 1814
Waterfront fire, probably burning of the Washington Navy Yard, 1814, Anacostia River, Washington, D.C.
Waterfront fire, probably burning of the Washington Navy Yard, 1814, Anacostia River, Washington, D.C.
[U.S. Capitol after burning by the British]
[U.S. Capitol after burning by the British]
A view of the Presidents house in the city of Washington after the conflagration of the 24th August 1814
A view of the Presidents house in the city of Washington after the conflagration of the 24th August 1814
A view of the Capitol after the conflagration of the 24th August 1814
A view of the Capitol after the conflagration of the 24th August 1814
Fort Niagara taken from the British side of the river at Newark
Fort Niagara taken from the British side of the river at Newark
Battle of Niagara from a sketch by Major Riddle
Battle of Niagara from a sketch by Major Riddle
A correct view of the battle near the city of New Orleans, on the eighth of January 1815...
A correct view of the battle near the city of New Orleans, on the eighth of January 1815...
Battle of New Orleans and death of Major General Packenham [sic] on the 8th of January 1815
Battle of New Orleans and death of Major General Packenham [sic] on the 8th of January 1815
Battle of New Orleans and death of Major General Packenham [sic] on the 8th of January 1815
Battle of New Orleans and death of Major General Packenham [sic] on the 8th of January 1815
The heroe of New Orleans battle of the memorable 8th January 1815 - composed ... by P. Laroque
The heroe of New Orleans battle of the memorable 8th January 1815 - composed ... by P. Laroque
Battle of Plattsburg
Battle of Plattsburg
View of the Battle Monument, Baltimore
View of the Battle Monument, Baltimore
   

British Images

Attack upon George & Federick's towns by a detachment of boats from The R. Hon. Sir T. B. Warrens squadron under Rear Admiral Cockburn in April 1813
Attack upon George & Federick's towns by a detachment of boats from The R. Hon. Sir T. B. Warrens squadron under Rear Admiral Cockburn in April 1813
Capture of the city of Washington
Capture of the city of Washington
Washington. [A] representation of the capture of the city of Washington, by the British forces... August 24th 1814
Washington. [A] representation of the capture of the city of Washington, by the British forces... August 24th 1814
The taking of the city of Washington in America
The taking of the city of Washington in America

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Naval Battles

American Images

Capture of H.B.M. Frigate Macedonian, Capt. J.S. Carden by the U.S. frigate United States, Stephen Decatur, Esqr., Commander
Capture of H.B.M. Frigate Macedonian, Capt. J.S. Carden by the U.S. frigate United States, Stephen Decatur, Esqr., Commander

HBM frigate Macedonian, Capt. Carden, striking her colours to the U.S. frigate United States, Com'd. Decatur the 25th Octr. 1812
HBM frigate Macedonian, Capt. Carden, striking her colours to the U.S. frigate United States, Com'd. Decatur the 25th Octr. 1812

This representation of the battle on Lake Erie is respectfully inscribed to Commodore Perry...
This representation of the battle on Lake Erie is respectfully inscribed to Commodore Perry...
This representation of the battle on Lake Erie is respectfully inscribed to Commodore Perry..
This representation of the battle on Lake Erie is respectfully inscribed to Commodore Perry...
Perry's victory
Perry's victory
First view of Com. Perry's victory
First view of Com. Perry's victory
Second view of Com. Perry's victory
Second view of Com. Perry's victory
Constitution's escape from the British squadron after a chase of sixty hours
Constitution's escape from the British squadron after a chase of sixty hours
Constitution and Java, 2nd view
Constitution and Java, 2nd view
South-east view of Sackett's harbour
South-east view of Sackett's harbour
Macdonough's victory on Lake Champlain and defeat of the British Army at Plattsburg by Genl. Macomb, Sept. 17th 1814
Macdonough's victory on Lake Champlain and defeat of the British Army at Plattsburg by Genl. Macomb, Sept. 17th 1814
Com. MacDonough's victory on Lake Champlain Sept. 11th 1814
Com. MacDonough's victory on Lake Champlain Sept. 11th 1814

British Images

This view of his majesty's ship Shannon
This view of his majesty's ship Shannon
To Captain P.B.V. Broke commanding his majesty's ship Shannon..
To Captain P.B.V. Broke commanding his majesty's ship Shannon...
The troops disembarking to attack Fort Oswego, under the command of Genl. Drummond and Sir T. Yeo, Lake Ontario, May the 6th 1814
The troops disembarking to attack Fort Oswego, under the command of Genl. Drummond and Sir T. Yeo, Lake Ontario, May the 6th 1814
The capture of Fort Oswego, on Lake Ontario. North America by Genl. Drummond and Sir J. Yeo May 6th 1814
The capture of Fort Oswego, on Lake Ontario. North America by Genl. Drummond and Sir J. Yeo May 6th 1814
   

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Satirical Prints

American Images

Parody. 605,000 sour grapes
Parody. 605,000 sour grapes
A boxing match, or another bloody nose for John Bull
A boxing match, or another bloody nose for John Bull
Columbia teaching John Bull his new lesson
Columbia teaching John Bull his new lesson
The Hartford Convention or Leap no leap
The Hartford Convention or Leap no leap
John Bull and the Baltimoreans
John Bull and the Baltimoreans
John Bull making a new batch of ships to send to the lakesl
John Bull making a new batch of ships to send to the lakesl
Johnny Bull and the Alexandrians
Johnny Bull and the Alexandrians
Josiah the first
Josiah the first
A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the "humane" British and their "worthy" allies
A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the "humane" British and their "worthy" allies
A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the humane British and their worthy allies!
A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the humane British and their worthy allies!
   

British Images

A view of Winchester in North America
A view of Winchester in North America
British valour and Yankee boasting...
British valour and Yankee boasting...
A sketch for the regents speech on Mad-ass-son's insanity
A sketch for the regents speech on Mad-ass-son's insanity
The Yankey torpedo
The Yankey torpedo
The fall of Washington--or Maddy in full flight
The fall of Washington--or Maddy in full flight
     

Treaty of Ghent

American Images

Peace of Ghent 1814 and triumph of America
Peace of Ghent 1814 and triumph of America
Peace
Peace

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Rights and Reproductions

The images are presented for educational and research purposes. The Library of Congress is unaware of any restrictions on the use of the images. However, patrons who plan to publish or otherwise distribute any of the images should be aware that determination regarding the appropriate use of an image ultimately rests with the patron. The Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission for use of the images. For further information, see "Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images..."

Quality copies of the images may be purchased through the Library of Congress Duplication Services.

Locating Additional Images

Search terms for the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) include:

A select list of images that include images made after 1830 is included as one of the chapters of another illustrated reference aid, Pictorial Americana: Military History, 1811-1815

Related Resources

Library of Congress

Library of Congress Web Guide: A Guide to the War of 1812

National Archives

Military Records: War of 1812 (guide)

New York Public Library

New York Public Library Digital Gallery includes the most famous War of 1812 print: "A view of the bombardment of Fort McHenry near Baltimore" External link


Compiled by: Sara W. Duke, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Art, Prints & Photographs Division. Last revised: April 2012.


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