First United States Marine Officer Killed in Combat: "Shall I Board Her, Sir?"
On 1 June 1812, President James Madison solemnly penned a "war message" to the 12th Congress. In his letter, Madison carefully crafted the reasons why hostilities should exist between the United States and Great Britain.
President Madison had grown tired of the highly aggressive Royal Navy who seemed determined to seize American shipping and sailors at will.
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