War of 1812

The War of 1812, fought from June 1812 to February 1815, seriously challenged the young United States both economically and militarily. From 2012 to 2015, the nation celebrated the bicentennial of this war.

An American Perspective on the War of 1812 - Brief Historical Essay

Star Spangled 200 - The official Web site of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

The Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812 - Overview from the National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution

War of 1812 Bicentennial Resources - Lists of historic sites and events from the Maryland Humanities Council.

Francis Scott Key and Fort McHenry

Maryland in the War of 1812 Historical Chronology - Important dates of the War.

Maryland in the War of 1812  Blog by Scott Sheads, a Maryland authority on the War. 

Battle of North Point - Primary and secondary resources about the Battle that can be found at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center in Baltimore.

Military Resources: War of 1812 - National Archives - Events of the War and genealogical resources.

A Guide to the War of 1812 - Library of Congress - Links to primary and secondary resources and web sites, also includes a reading list for adults and young readers.

War of 1812-1815 - A global perspective on the conflict from the Office of the Historian; U. S. Department of State. 

The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake - Interactive Battlefield Maps of the Battles of St. Leonard's Creek, Bladensburg, North Point and Baltimore.

The War of 1812

Listen to David A. Taylor author of the War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy lecture at the Central Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center.


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