Subject: Non-Intercourse
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Sat June 19, 1999 at 3:47PM


On this day in eighteen hundred and twelve
America declared war on Britain in order to quell
... The attempt to thwart trade by seizing vessels
Which the Royal Navy had been - causing hassles

After the Embargo Act was enacted prohibiting trade
Two years later, the Non-Intercourse Act replaced ...
Limiting that policy to just France and Great Britain
This time, lasting only a year of this kind of forbidding

Replaced in eighteen ten with Macon's Bill No. 2
Stipulating a threat underlined and followed through
That if one nation repealed its antineutral measures
Then an embargo would be imposed with pressure

Altho Napoleon continued to seize American ships
It was only at French ports, so Madison respected it
But continued harassment of shipping by the Brits
Caused him to summon Congress to make it stick ...

Beginning in November of eighteen hundred eleven
It took till June 18th for Congress to get it together
Issuing the declaration of war on this date in time
The War of 1812 would last for three years prime

Ending on February sixteenth of eighteen fifteen
With the signing of The Treaty of Ghent - seen
As a way to end all of the hostilities for good ...
Which it really did, altho it was a kind of dead wood

For the last battle fought in the War of 1812
Was on January eighth, near New Orleans, held
When the British landed at the Mississippi's mouth
But were trounced by Andrew Jackson's mounts

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
written Sat. 6/19/99
for the date June 18th, 1999