Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7:30 pm (EST)
This presentation explores the pivotal campaign of the War of 1812 that occurred in the Chesapeake Bay region, and particularly the events in Maryland. It will discuss such topics as the causes and conduct of the war, strategic setting of 1813-14, why the Chesapeake became a theater of war, the participation of Regular Army and Maryland Militia soldiers as well as civilians in the defense of the national capital and the state. The disasters at the battle of Bladensburg and subsequent British raid on Washington, as well as the land-sea attack on Baltimore will be covered in detail. As a result, participants will recognize the significance of the campaign in relation to the course and outcomes of the War of 1812, as well as dispel some popular misperceptions about that conflict.
Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members, Military, and HA Docents
About Our Presenter: Dr. Glenn F. Williams is a retired Army officer who entered public history as a second career. He is currently a Senior Historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, DC, where his previous positions included Historian of the National Museum of the U.S. Army Project and Historian of the Army Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration. He has also served as Historian of the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service, Curator/ Historian of the USS Constellation Museum, and Assistant Curator of the Baltimore Civil War Museum – President Street Station. He is the author of several books, including Year of the Hangman: George Washington’s Campaign Against the Iroquois (Westholme), recipient of the Thomas J. Fleming Award for the Outstanding Revolutionary War Book of 2005, and named one of “The 100 Best American Revolution Books of All Time” by the Journal of the American Revolution in the spring 2017 issue. His newest book, Dunmore’s War: The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era, was released in May 2017. In 2018 he was recognized for contributions to the study of 18th Century American military history with the Shelby Cullom Davis Award of the Society of Colonial Wars and the Judge Robert K. Woltz Award of the French and Indian War Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park.