The History of the Department of Defense

The U.S. declares war on Great Britain due to naval blockades it imposed on the U.S. and the fact that the British were taking seamen from U.S. merchant ships and conscripting them into the British navy. This was the beginning of the War of 1812.

a painting depicting a naval battle from the war of 1812

During the War of 1812, the War Department building is burned during the Burning of Washington. All books and records are saved, having been removed earlier in the week.

a comic depicting the burning of washington by the british

President James Madison accepts the ratified Treaty of Ghent, officially ending the War of 1812.

a painting of the treat of ghent being ratified

an image of marines apart of the newly formed marine corps

The Naval School, a precursor to the Naval Academy, is established in Annapolis, Md.

an early photo of the Naval School

The U.S. fights a war with Mexico, aptly called the Mexican-American War, that began over a boundary dispute between the U.S. and Texas.

a painting depicting the U.S. dragoons from the mexican-american war

a photo of students enrolled at the naval academy

Civil War is waged between the U.S. and the Confederate States of America, which were 11 southern states that left the Union after President Abraham Lincoln’s election. By the war’s end, the rebel states were readmitted to the U.S., and the institution of slavery was abolished.

a comic depiciting america being torn apart by the civil war

a photo of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building

A map of the Spanish-American War

a photo of U.S. & Filipino Nationalists battling in the Philippine-American War

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