The War of 1812 is without a doubt one of the least known of all of America's wars. Mere mention of the war conjures in the average American's mind a series of illusions, misconceptions, and false assumptions. Chief among those fallacies is that the US won the war. Thus it is not surprising that the role of African Americans in the War of 1812 is as misunderstood as the war itself. The principle goal of this book is two fold; to acknowledge that African Americans played a much greater role in the War of 1812 than most people know or suspect and to place that role in context with other campaigns of the War of 1812.