They captured an American fort in northern Michigan.
And Indians — fighting for the British — captured a fort at the place now known as Chicago.
The United States had only a few warships and gunboats with which to face the British navy—the most powerful naval force in the world.
Historian and professor Alan Taylor says the American people were divided about the war.
But some Americans from New York refused to cross the border to help against the British.
They calmly watched as British soldiers shot down the attacking Americans.They felt that it was really being waged for illegitimate reasons, that diplomacy could have just papered over the disagreement over impressment.And so they did their best to obstruct the war effort.Dearborn could do nothing but march them back to Plattsburgh.British forces at this time were winning victories.Then a frigate named the United States defeated one of Britain's most famous fighting ships, the Macedonian.The British ship was captured and brought to the United States. At the end of six months, the United States Navy had captured six British ships and lost only one of its own vessels. But the American successes forced Britain to bring more of its fighting ships into the war with the United States.“A majority of them supported the Madison administration, and agreed that they tried the embargo and it failed, and that something had to be done because national honor, they felt, was at stake.And that they needed to stop the British practice of impressment.But the British general there was prepared, and the attack failed.Although Hull had the stronger force and plenty of supplies, he retreated to Detroit.