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The Forgotten Conflict: The War of 1812

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‘The Press-Gang’
Luke Clennell (1781-1840)

Mid Atlantic travelers who focus on Civil War events at major National Parks are missing out on the opportunity to learn more about another conflict which shaped the nation; The War of 1812.

In the 32-month long War of 1812, the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world, Great Britain. The United States suffered many costly defeats at the hands of British, Canadian and Native American troops over the course of the War of 1812, including the capture and burning of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., in August 1814.

On Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the new auditorium at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus, historian Dr. Sidney Hart will present The War of 1812 through the lens of Portraiture and Images. Dr. Hart is the Senior Historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and co-editor of the Peale Family Papers, “The Selected Papers of Charles Wilson Peale and His Family, 5 volumes.” He recently curated the National Portrait Gallery exhibit“1812: A Nation Emerges” and co-authored the exhibit’s catalogue of the same title.

This lecture is part of the War of 1812: A Legacy of Division series which offers a wide range of perspectives on this “forgotten conflict.” The series is presented in celebration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial by Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, in partnership with the Calvert Marine Museum and College of Southern Maryland.

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland.

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