The real or imagined British hand in stirring up Native American unrest in the West, particularly the exploits of Tecumseh
President Madison did not possess Jefferson's skill at keeping the United States out of war, but in any event the War Hawks' strident activities had changed the landscape. Popular opinion in the South and West clearly favored the conflict. Madison realized, however, that the country was poorly prepared. The United States maintained a weak, scattered army and a navy that was virtually insignificant by comparison to Britain's. The prospects and strategy of the United States left much to be desired.
Nevertheless, pro-war sentiment helped carry Madison to a second term in the Election of 1812.
By Henry Clay Strike wherever we can reach the enemy, at sea and on land. But if we fail, let us fail like men, lash ourselves to our gallant gars, and expire together in one common struggle, fighting for free trade and seamen's rights. During the War of 1812
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