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War of 1812
6:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

1812 Privateer Remembered at Laurel Festival

Venus Theatre owner Deb Randall acts out and talks about Barney's life as commander of a fleet of cannon-equipped barges during the War of 1812. He was a major thorn in the side of the British Navy throughout the war.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

1812 Privateer Remembered at Laurel Festival

Commander Joshua Barney made life miserable for the British Navy on the Chesapeake during the War of 1812, harassing the invaders from shallow draft barges, then retreating to shoal waters where the larger ships couldn’t pursue him.

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War of 1812
6:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

More Than A Flag

Hundreds have visited the Maryland Historical Society to add a stitch to a replica of Mary Pickersgill's 30 by 42 foot flag, finished in 1813.
Credit Fraser Smith / WYPR

More Than A Flag

The war of 1812 may be forgotten by many Americans – but not by Marylanders who now have even more reasons to celebrate its 200th anniversary. The reasons are there in three famous names: Francis Scott Key. Ft. McHenry and Mary Pickersgill.

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War of 1812
11:49 am
Fri August 9, 2013

How More Than 700 Maryland Slaves Escaped During The War of 1812

A slave cabin, built in the 1830s, and the main house on the grounds of Sotterley Plantation in St. Mary's County.
Zach Quinn WYPR

How More Than 700 Maryland Slaves Escaped During The War of 1812

In Maryland, the War of 1812’s dominant image is of Francis Scott Key writing down lyrics as bombs burst over Baltimore Harbor. A less-remembered image is that of slave families fleeing plantations for British ships in the middle of the night. Clearly, for Maryland slaves, the War of 1812 was not “America’s second war of independence.” They waited another 50 years before the state constitution abolished slavery.

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War of 1812
6:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Fifes And Drums, 1812 Style

(Clockwise from front left) Liam Lewis, Sam Smith, Thomas Smith and Ward Lewis practice playing their fifes in formation at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on June 27, 2013.
Antonio Barbera WYPR

Fifes And Drums, 1812 Style

Fife and Drum music keyed military maneuvers during the War of 1812 and latter day fifers and drummers keep that music alive. Now, they are passing that to a new generation during the first Fife and Drum Camp at Fort McHenry.

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War of 1812
6:01 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Fifth Graders Take On The War of 1812

A group shot of Patterson Park Charter students after they received a commemorative coin of the War of 1812 today at the Maryland Historical Society. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake presented the coins to the students. The fifth-grade students were the first to receive the coin for collecting the required 10 stamps in their 1812 passports, from sites along the Star Spangled Banner Trail. The studied about the War of 1812 over the past year.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn

Fifth Graders Take On The War of 1812

Patterson Park Public Charter School fifth graders spent their school year learning about the War of 1812, inside and outside the classroom. And yesterday they were rewarded for their efforts with the first of the city’s commemorative War of 1812 coins, presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.

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