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The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake

, 424 pages

112 halftones, 29 line drawings

March 2010



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The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake

A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

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The War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain was fought throughout nearly all of the country, from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the vast frontier between the U.S. and Canada. No theater of war suffered more than the Chesapeake Bay region, where 11 battles—including Craney Island, Hampton, Bladensburg, and Baltimore—63 skirmishes, and 86 raids took place. Featuring a comprehensive list of more than 800 of the war’s historical sites in the region, this book is an indispensable reference to the second great war for independence.

One chapter each covers Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The authors draw on both American and British accounts in describing battlefields and the locations of skirmishes. The book includes historic maps and drawings, descriptive overview essays, the most complete chronology of the War in the Chesapeake ever assembled, and a thorough bibliographic essay.

Supported by such primary documents as diaries, journals, and newspaper articles, the material compiled in this encyclopedia surpasses any collection thus far brought together on the subject. Local librarians, historians, tour guides, history buffs, school teachers, and genealogists will find this guide to be informative and enlightening.

Ralph E. Eshelman is owner and CEO of Eshelman & Associates, a cultural resource management and museum consultation company, and he served as historian for the National Park Service's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail study. Scott S. Sheads is a National Park Service ranger at Fort McHenry and 1812 lecturer and author. Donald R. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska and author of Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 and The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict.

"This is not only a useful reference tool but a detailed, informative and enjoyable book to read."

"Readers will enjoy the clear text and engaging style, peppered with numerous firsthand accounts... This unique reference guide is well worth the price for both scholars and those visiting the numerous and interesting sites connected with this largely forgotten conflict."

"This informative and painstakingly constructed resource would be of use to anyone studying the history of the often-forgotten War of 1812."

"The authors have done an extraordinary job. For locating an enormous number of sites and for compiling a fine bibliography, Eshelman, Sheads, and Hickey are to be commended for their originality, design, and thoroughness."

"A must for anyone interested in a serious study of the Chesapeake area."

"Outstanding... A definite must for anyone's 1812 library."

"A handy reference for anyone interested in the War of 1812."

"An indispensable vade mecum."

"In the range of works published on the War of 1812, this guide is a unique offering... Users of War of 1812 collections in larger academic and public libraries would undoubtedly appreciate the addition of this fine, fully developed piece of scholarship."

"Is replete with interesting sidebars which add great tidbits of local history and is illustrated with both historic and current views of locales and homes... a useful tool for those planning trips for the bicentennial."

"I can't say enough good things about this remarkable, wonderful new study... This is the book you'll want to buy, read, own, and treasure forever."

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