There wasn't much coverage of the War of 1812 in my American History classes--We went to war, the British burned Washington, shelled Baltimore, and got beat at New Orleans.and the war ended.
This book is devoted to the activities in the Chesapeake Bay including the burning of Washington and the attack on Baltimore and the attack on New Orleans. The book provides a good picture of the various British commanders and the disagreement between them. The poor leadership of the Americans in the protection of Washington is well covered. It seems that Washington could have been protected if the President and those he placed in command were even moderately competent. The role of good leadership in protecting Baltimore and New Orleans is well covered. The impact of the death of British generals is also well covered.
The mood of the US and England and its effect on the war receives limited coverage. But enough coverage to get a feel of how public and political factors affected the war and the eventual peace.