What Happened in August 1812

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Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Rare tornado hits Westchester County NY

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Aug 5 War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.

Native American Leader of the Shawnee Tecumseh
Native American Leader of the Shawnee
Tecumseh
  • Aug 12 Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid
  • Aug 16 General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces
  • Aug 16 British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh
  • Aug 19 US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 8 John Rodgers II, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • Aug 25 Percival Drayton, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1865)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • Aug 12 Jean Joseph Rodolphe, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Vincenzo Righini, composer, dies at 56
  • Aug 21 Silverius Muller, composer, dies at 67