When Prince Harry Visited Arlington Cemetery, I Wonder If He Paid Respects To Those Killed In The War of 1812

May 12th, 2013

Does anyone know how the British view the War of 1812? It didn’t really change anything, but resolved some lingering issues from the Revolution. Wikipedia notes:

The war is scarcely remembered in Britain today, as it regarded the conflict as sideshow to the much larger Napoleonic Wars raging in Europe.

By the 21st century it was a forgotten war in Britain and Quebec[citation needed], although still remembered in the rest of Canada, especially Ontario. In a 2009 poll, 37% of Canadians said the war was a Canadian victory, 9% said the U.S. won, 15% called it a draw, and 39%—mainly younger Canadians—said they knew too little to comment.

And yes, there is actually a memorial at Arlington for fourteen unknown soldiers and sailors who died in the war of 1812 against the British.

In 1905, workers completing some construction projects at the present site of the Washington Navy Yard discovered the remains of fourteen (14) soldiers of the War of 1812. These unknown soldiers were interred in Arlington National Cemetery later that same year. In April 1976, the memorial which appears below was dedicated by the National Society of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812.


It doesn’t look like he did.