From the moment the United States declared war on Great Britain in 1812 until the Treaty of Ghent was ratified in 1815, Americans courageously fought to preserve their recently won independence from the British in the War of 1812. Across the country, celebrations and memorials are planned to commemorate the bicentennial of the war, and we are proud to announce a new series on the subject: Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812. This fine collection of titles includes classic works alongside recent scholarship on America’s forgotten conflict.
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Native peoples played major roles in the War of 1812 as allies of both the United States and Great Britain, but few wrote about their conflict experiences. Two famously wrote down their stories: Black Hawk, the British-allied chief of the still-independent Sauks from the upper Mississippi, and American soldier William Apess, a Christian convert from the Pequots who lived on a reservation in Connecticut.
The Rockets' Red Glare
An Illustrated History of the War of 1812
Donald R. Hickey and Connie D. Clark
This engagingly told and richly illustrated history invites readers to travel back in time and imagine what it would have been like to live through the War of 1812. The thrilling stories and stunning illustrations are sure to capture the imagination of anyone interested in the fascinating history of America’s forgotten conflict.
Welcome to War of 1812 tidewater country. From Maryland to Virginia to the District of Columbia, this portable guidebook points readers to the War of 1812's most important battlefields and historic sites. Tourists can step back in time as they travel the same roads and waterways that American and British troops did two centuries ago.
The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia
Ralph E. Eshelman, Scott S. Sheads, and Donald R. Hickey
The War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain was fought throughout nearly all of the country, but no theater of war suffered more than the Chesapeake Bay region. Featuring a comprehensive list of more than 800 of the war’s historical sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, this book is an indispensable reference to America’s second great war for independence.
The Patuxent Naval Campaign in the War of 1812
Donald G. Shomette
foreword by Fred W. Hopkins, Jr.
The Royal Navy’s offensives in the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812 wreaked havoc on the small villages along its shores. Captain Joshua Barney, a rare American hero during the struggle, intrepidly led his Chesapeake Flotilla against the invaders, determined to contest their advance on the nation’s capital and drive them from the region. Shomette’s captivating history includes new information about Barney, his crew, and the mosquito fleet of gunboats and war barges that so valiantly fought the British.
The Dawn's Early Light
Lord brings to life the remarkable events of the War of 1812—including the burning of Washington and the attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry. He gives readers a dramatic account of how a new sense of national identity emerged from the smoky haze of what Francis Scott Key so lyrically called "the dawn's early light."
This reissue of The Dawn's Early Light celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore. Scott S. Sheads, a National Park Service ranger and specialist on the event, introduces the book, which will remain a popular favorite for years to come.
Coming in March 2014:
In his study of William Henry Harrison, David Curtis Skaggs sheds light on the role of citizen-soldiers in taming the wilderness of the old Northwest. Perhaps best known for the Whig slogan in 1840—"Tippecanoe and Tyler Too"—Harrison used his efforts to pacify Native Americans and defeat the British in the War of 1812 to promote a political career that eventually elevated him to the presidency.
This richly detailed work reveals how the military and Indian policies of the early republic played out on the frontier, freshly revisiting a subject central to American history: how white settlers tamed the west—and at what cost.
The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is now upon us. With an engaging question-and-answer format, this book offers a concise and informative introduction to the War of 1812, clearing much of the fog that surrounds it.
In Full Glory Reflected
Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
Ralph E. Eshelman and Burton K. Kummerow
All but forgotten by Americans, the War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a dramatic watershed for the young, groundbreaking United States Republic.
Much of the fighting occurred in the Chesapeake region and this new book, In Full Glory Reflected, uncovers its gripping stories of devastating raids, heroic defense, gallant privateers, fugitive slaves, and threatened lands.