President John Tyler, War of 1812

President John Tyler – Led A Militia To Defend The City Of Richmond, Virginia During The War Of 1812

Before Captain John Tyler became president, he led a milita to defend the city of Richmond during the War of 1812.

During the war, John Tyler had a law practice in Richmond Virginia. From 1816 to 1821, John Tyler served on the U.S. House of Representatives, as Virginia Governor from 1825 to 1827, as U.S. Senator from 1827 to 1836, and in 1841 he became the first U.S. Vice President to succeed to the presidency after the death of President William Henry Harrison.

In January 1861, John Tyler set up a “Peace Conference” which proposed to establish the Missouri Compromise all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. House of Representatives refused to vote on the former President’s proposal, the U.S. Senate rejected it and President Abraham Lincoln voiced his disapproval of the proposal.

A mere two months after the peace conference was organized, former President John Taylor voted to have the state of Virginia succeed from the Union.

Mare Island, U.S.S. Independence, War of 1812

Figurehead Of The U.S.S. Independence

The U.S.S. Independence is a naval ship that was commissioned to fight the British navy during the War of 1812.

The ship was first deployed, from a Boston Navy Yard, on June 22, 1814 towards the end of the War of 1812.

The USS Independence continued to serve the US Navy after the Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814 by tailing sailors on missions to fight the Barbary Pirates in the Atlantic Ocean.

The USS Independence first arrived on Mare Island in 1855.

The USS Independence was decommissioned in 1912, a hundred years after the War of 1812 began.

The most of the ship was demolished, after the decommissioning, but parts such as the masthead were kept as artifacts.

Author’s Note:

This masthead is currently an exhibit at the Mare Island Musuem in Vallejo, California.