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In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the ChesapeakeAdventures along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail This official National Park Service guide to the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a beautiful, full-color history and travel guide to the places, people, and legacy of the War of 1812. Order your copy here.

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Links to Bicentennial Organizations and Activities

Blogs about the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake

  • War of 1812 Archaeology In Maryland and Beyond: Written by Archaeologists for Everybody  Blog about 1812-related archaeology projects and findings
  • Havre de Grace 1812 Project Community blog about 1812 history and things to see and do in Havre de Grace throughout the Bicentennial period

Book Suggestions

Publications about the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake

  • The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia
    By Ralph E. Eshelman, Scott S. Sheads, and Donald R. Hickey
    Publication information: Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
  • Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay
    By Christopher T. George
    Publication information: Shippensburg, PA, White Mane Books, 2000
  • Encounters with the British in Virginia during the War of 1812
    By Myron E. Lyman and William W. Hankins
    Publication Information: The Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2010
  • The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict
    By Donald R. Hickey
    Publication information: Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 2012

Daily Life in the Early 19th Century

  • Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Early America: From the Colonial Era to the Civil War
    By Davis Stephen Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler
    Publication Information: Westport, CT, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007
  • Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore
    By Seth Rockman
    Publication Information: Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009

Roles and Stories of Women

  • In the Midst of Alarms: The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812 
    By Diane Graves
    Publication Information:  Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
  • Clothing through American History: The Federal Era through Antebellum, 1786–1860
    By Ann Buermann Wass and Michelle Webb Fandrich
    Publication Information: Westport, CT, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2010

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