We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have a g-g-g-great grandfather who was a "hero of the Battle of New Orleans" according to his tombstone. The 7th U.S Infantry Regiment is still referred to as the Cottonbalers. You are correct that the war changed U.S - British relations. Britain finally relinquished all thoughts of reclaiming the colonies.
The USA invaded Canada, looted and burned York (in contravention of the terms of surrender) which was a war crime at the time and the reason for the reprisal burning of Washington and the White House. The USA got a national anthem and a flag out of it so I think they did pretty well.