Fourteenth National War of 1812 Symposium
Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Talks on the pro-war anti-Federalist riots of the summer of 1812, the Battle of Queenston Heights (1812), Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie (1813), the 1814 Burning of Washington, D.C. by the British under Major General Robert Ross, and on Andrew Jackson, the Lafitte Brothers, and the Battle of New Orleans will be among the highlights the Fourteenth National War of 1812 Symposium to be held at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM.
9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks by Martin K. Gordon, Ph.D., adjunct professor of history, University of Maryland University College.
9:10 a.m. Prof. Don Hickey, "The Pro-War Riots in Baltimore in the Summer of 1812." Dr. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. He is the author of Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006) and The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (1989) both published by University of Illinois Press.
10:00 a.m. Tom Kanon, "Andrew Jackson, the Lafittes, and the Battle of New Orleans." Tom Kanon, a frequent presenter in this symposium series, is with the Tennessee State Archives. He is finalizing his Ph.D. and is working on a book on Tennessee and the War of 1812.
10:50 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Morning break
Non-contemporary impression of Baratarian pirate Jean Lafitte. Viewed rightly at first as a scoundrel by Gen Andrew Jackson,
Lafitte and his brother Pierre and their men nonetheless played a role in Jackson’s defeat of the British at New Orleans
11:10 a.m. Maria Day, "How to Do War of 1812 Research." Ms. Day, archivist with the Maryland State Archives, will discuss how to do research in War of 1812 documents at the Archives and other institutions in the United States and abroad. The presentation should be of interest in those who are doing research into ancestors who fought in the war as well as to all those interested in the conflict.
Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Catered lunch, featuring roundtable discussions.
1:00 p.m. Richard V. Barbuto, "The Battle of Queenston Heights, October 1812." Dr. Barbuto is the author of Niagara 1814: America Invades Canada (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2000).
1:50 p.m. Charles Brodine, "Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813." Mr. Brodine, with The Naval History and Heritage Command (formerly the Naval Historical Center) in Washington, D.C., is the son of a Naval surgeon and holds a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he has done work on his Ph.D. He is an expert on shipboard life in the age of fighting ships of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
2:40 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Afternoon break
3:00 p.m. Christopher T. George, "Major General Robert Ross and the Burning of Washington, 1814." Mr. George, author of Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay, and co-editor of the Journal of the War of 1812, is now working on a biography of General Ross with Northern Ireland author Dr. John McCavitt who lives in Ross’s home village of Rostrevor, County Down.
3:50 p.m. Bicentennial Panel led by Christopher T. George. Mr. George, co-editor of the Journal of the War of 1812 and a consultant on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, and a distinguished panel will discuss the latest plans to celebrate the upcoming Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
4:15 p.m. Symposium ends.
The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 W Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21201. For Directions go to http://www.mdhs.org/about/directions.html. Note: In writing for tickets, please specify at which speaker’s roundtable you would like to be seated as well as any special dietary needs, if applicable.
Price is $50.00 per person with checks made out to the War of 1812 Consortium, Inc., and sent to Charles P. Ives III, 802 Kingston Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. Note: In order to attend payment is due by September 23, 2010.
The Fourteenth National War of 1812 Symposium
is co-sponsored by the Council on America's Military Past (CAMP-USA)