The Chesapeake Campaigns 1813-15: Middle Ground of the War of 1812

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Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner, inspired by Fort McHenry's defense after the burning of Washington, DC, during the War of 1812, reminds Americans of a time when the United States faced a very real foreign invasion.

Arising out of a series of bitter commercial and naval disputes, and having as much to do with perceived slights to national pride as any pressing cause, the War of 1812 was never the most popular of conflicts on both sides of the Atlantic. Bogged down by ...

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Overview

Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner, inspired by Fort McHenry's defense after the burning of Washington, DC, during the War of 1812, reminds Americans of a time when the United States faced a very real foreign invasion.

Arising out of a series of bitter commercial and naval disputes, and having as much to do with perceived slights to national pride as any pressing cause, the War of 1812 was never the most popular of conflicts on both sides of the Atlantic. Bogged down by their involvement in the Napoleonic conflict in Europe, the British largely relied on the power of the Royal Navy in the early years of the war.
Part of this naval strategy was to blockade the American coastline in order to strangle American commerce and bring the new nation to its knees. Nowhere was this blockade more important than in the Chesapeake Bay area, where a Royal Navy fleet under the command of Rear Admiral George Cockburn was on station. Partly in response to the sacking of York (modern Toronto), the British decided to strike at the nation's capitol, Washington, DC, and a force of Peninsular War veterans under General Robert Ross landed, defeated the Americans at the battle of Bladensburg and took Washington on August 24, 1814, burning the White House. Buoyed by this success, the British pressed on towards Baltimore. However, they were forced to withdraw at the battle of North Point, and a naval bombardment of Fort McHenry failed to reduce the fort and Baltimore was spared. With his intimate knowledge of the events in this theatre of war, Scott Sheads of Fort McHenry NPS brings these dramatic events of American history to life.

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"This 96-page paperback is brightly illuminated by author Scott S. Sheads’ quartercentury of research and his experience as a ranger-historian at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Profiles of the opposing sides and details of their orders of battle are complemented by numerous images, including paintings, sketches and maps. The highlights are several superb fullcolor illustrations that demonstrate the artistic talent of Graham Turner. This book is a great source of background on events that will be marked with 200th anniversary commemorations during the course of 2014." --Toy Soldier & Model Figure magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780968520
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 183,748
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott S. Sheads is a ranger-historian at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and has spent over 25 years researching the War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Campaign. He served as a consultant for the Smithsonian's Saving the Star-Spangled Banner Project (1998-2005) and has written a number of books on the subject, including most recently The War of 1812 in Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Nook Version

    Information OK but e publishers need to start making their pictures and illustrations so that the user can enlarge them.

    Those on the Nook are unreadable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I found this book to be a very good source of information concerning the Chesapeake Campaigns during the War of 1812 - possibly the most desperate for the young Republic. The only drawback I would have about this volume is its downplaying atrocities carried by His Majesty's forces against the civil population - often at the behest of their commanding officers.

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