Adam knew that this war would not be good for the country and even though the Federalist's were furious about this decision, he would not give in.
Madison's big dilemma
In 1803 France and Great Britain were again at war. Both of those countries started taking American ships that were being used to trade with their enemies.
The 1812 war
In 1802 he sent a fleet of warships to the Mediterranean to protect American shipping interests.
New Orleans battle
In 1809 when Madison took office, he offered Great Britain and France both an offer. It was if they would cease their attacks, America would stop trading with their enemy.
Madison chose to flee isolationism. Congress soon declared war with Great Britain in 1812. This being a bold step for the nation saying that we only had an army of 7,000 poorly trained men.
More than 7,500 troops marched bravely into battle in 1815. But Jackson's troops met them with deadly fire and ended with around 2,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded which compared to around only 20 Americans.