Havre de Grace in the War of 1812: Fire on the Chesapeake

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In the early morning hours of May 3, 1813, British Rear Admiral George Cockburn launched a brutal attack on the city of Havre de Grace, Maryland. Without mercy for age or infirmity, the British troops plundered and torched much of the town. It was the beginning of the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812, and it would only end with the burning of the capital and the failed siege of Baltimore. Author Heidi Glatfelter traces the attack and the response of the residents of Havre de Grace--from the bravery displayed by John O'Neill, who was taken prisoner by the British, to quick-thinking citizens such as Howes Goldsborough, who found ways to save their homes and those of their neighbors from total destruction. Join Glatfelter as she reveals the stories of a town under siege and a community determined to rebuild in the aftermath.
ISBN: 9781609496333
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maryland
Images: 63
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Heidi L. Glatfelter is the Founder and President of Market Early America. Since 2010 she has been working with the Heritage Museums of Havre de Grace on a multi-site exhibit that tells the story of the British attack on the town. She is a Committee Member for the Baltimore War of 1812 celebrations, and she is the administrator for the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. David R. Craig is the County Executive for Harford County Government. He graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in History, and earned his Masters Degree from Morgan State University. He is a former teacher and assistant principal in the Harford County Public School System.
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