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War of 1812

The War of 1812, fought from June 1812 to February 1815, seriously challenged the young United States both economically and militarily. In 2012, we begin the bicentennial celebration of this "second war of independence".
Star Spangled 200 - The official Web site of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

War of 1812 Bicentennial Resources - Lists of historic sites and events.

Francis Scott Key and Fort McHenry

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

Baltimore War of 1812 Commemoration Planning - Baltimore City’s central site for War of 1812 activities and opportunities for those who would like to participate in the celebration.

War of 1812 in the Chesapeake - Crucial events of the Battle of North Point and the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814.

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 - Resources and Web sites, also a reading list for adults and young readers.

War of 1812 from the National Museum of American History-Smithsonian Institution - Important military actions and events related to the War for students and teachers.

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.


Watch The War of 1812 Full Program on PBS. See more from The War of 1812.

If You Need More Help

Contact us through Ask A Librarian Service,  call (410) 396-5430, or write:

Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Or, if you are outside of Maryland, contact your local library.

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