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The War of 1812 Bicentennial: The Archeology of a Maryland Hero
2012 Archeology Month

This year Maryland begins its bicentennial celebration of what many consider the "second war for American independence" The War of 1812. From reenactments to license plates, Marylander's are surrounded by images meant to invoke this momentous conflict. However, these contemporary tributes, celebrating Maryland's role in the Ware, are lacking in some critical aspects of realism. The crack of musekt fire and the roar of the canoon may be faithfully replicated, but - thankfully - no hurling projectile destroys property, or cuts short a promising life. In remembrance, the gallant and heroic obscure the gritty and hard aspects of the past.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Charlie Hall

  • Maryland and the War of 1812.  Ralph E. Eshelman

  • Archeology of the War of 1812 on the Patuxent River. Susan Langley

  • Archaeological Investigations on the Trail of Joshua Barney. Richard Ervin

  • Recent Archaeological Studies of British Raiding in the Northern Chesapeake: Frenchtown, Georgetown, and Fredericktown. Troy Nowak

  • Fort Hollingsworth, 1813-1815. James. G. Gibb

  • Military Terrain Analysis, Four Maritime Battles of the War of 1812. Chris Espenshade

  • "We Found this Place Completely Deserted": An Archaeological Perspective on the War of 1812 at Nottingham. Michael Lucas

  • Old Fort Stokes May Be the Only Earthen War of 1812 Fort on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Andrew Stout

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