The War of 1812 began on this day, June 18. The British had captured American ships and enslaved sailors. They incited Indians to capture Fort Mims, massacring 500 men, women and children. They captured the Capitol, burnt the White House, bombarded Fort McHenry and attacked New Orleans. Outraged, many volunteered for the Army, including Davy Crockett. In his declaration of war, President James Madison stated: "I ... exhort all the ... people of the United States ... as they feel the wrongs ... forced on them ... [to] consult the best means under ... Divine Providence of abridging its calamities."