The Naval War of 1812 on the Bays and Lakes

Southern Maryland News Net
October 1, 2013

CSM Prince FrederickThe War of 1812 may be commemorated in Maryland, but the conflict affected many areas of the US and Canada. On Sunday, October 20 at 3pm in the new auditorium at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus, Historian James Nelson will present a talk titled, The Near-Shore War: The Naval War of 1812 on the Bays and Lakes. Mr. Nelson believes that the most significant part of the war, from the American perspective, was along the Canadian border, since Canada was the only British possession the Americans could realistically attack. The campaign in the Chesapeake was largely one of terror, whereas the fighting on the Great Lakes was for real possession of territory

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. Funding is provided by the Maryland Humanities Council, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park, Star-Spangled 200, Inc., and the Calvert Marine Museum. All talks will take place on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Post-lecture discussions led by either Dr. Ralph Eshelman or Dr. Bradley Gottfried will facilitate a dialogue between the presenter and the audience.

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This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

This project has been financed in part with state funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission; an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

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. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit

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