Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Delaware's Joseph Haslet, War Governor-- Part 2: State Mostly Against the War
Joseph Haslet ran for governor in 1814, but lost. He ran again and won, serving from January 15, 1811, to January 18, 1814. The War of 1812 took place during much of his tenure.
His state of Delaware was mostly against the war, but Haslet got the legislature to raise a 1,000 militia force and to make $25,000 to equip it.
The bright spot of the war for the Americans were the naval victories. One of those was the capture of the British ship HMS Frolic by Captain Jacob Nicholas Jones of Delaware which gave the state much pride. However, the arrival of British fleets in the Chesapeake and Delaware bays was cause for alarm.