In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: Adventures along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail
by Ralph E. Eshelman and Burton K. Kummerow

Chesapeake Legends and Lore from the War of 1812, by Ralph E. Eshelman, Scott S. Sheads. The History Press, 2013.

Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation, by Steve Vogel. Random House, 2013.

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. (Provided to workshop participants.) The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.


Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
National Parks Service web page dedicated to the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

War of 1812
Lesson Plans related to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Overview of the war that includes information about stories, places and people–including the experiences of American Indians and African Americans.
Interactive battlefield maps for 4 different battles fought in the Chesapeake Region during the War of 1812. This resource is great for helping students understand troop movements. Each battle also allows you to toggle between historical and modern-day maps of the battlefield.
Case Studies from the Maryland State Archives that features information about escaped enslaved people and free African Americans who served as privateers during the War of 1812.
More teacher resources: Contains lesson plans, interactive trips, videos, stories, and ideas for field trips and activities along the trail, and can be a guide for the trail project. Also, find activities such as Cast Your Vote and Hold the Fort interactive games.
VA specific resources: Learn more about Virginia’s role in the War of 1812. This site includes biographies of famous Virginians, an interactive map of historic markers, and a general timeline highlighting events during the War of 1812.
More lessons: Inventory of War of 1812 lesson plans created by the National Parks Service.
Primary Sources: Library of Congress Web Guides for the War of 1812. A veritable treasure trove of firsthand sources, browse the wide variety of material available in the digital collections of the Library of Congress, including manuscripts, broadsides, pictures, and government documents. Also includes links to external websites focused on the War of 1812 and a bibliography section for both general and younger readers.
Military History: The War of 1812: American Military History Army Historical Series gives an excellent overview of the origins of the war while also addressing the various fronts of the war and military strategy.

Fort McHenry and the Battle of Baltimore
National Park Service website dedicated to Fort McHenry. Use the links below to learn more about the Fort’s history or to access educator resources, such as lesson plans & teacher guides for various grade levels.

Star-Spangled Banner
Smithsonian website that uses the Star-Spangled Banner as a vehicle to learn about the War of 1812, the US National Anthem, and the flag’s legacy & symbolism. Includes quizzes, interactives, and classroom lessons. Educator resources:

The White House
Resource page focused on the burning of the White House.
Learn more about Dolley Madison with the Dolley Madison Project. This link directs browsers to page about her years as First Lady, but you can explore the entirety of her life throughout the site.