02/02/2016 12:00:00 pm
The United States Navy Memorial’s “Authors on Deck” book lecture series proudly welcomes Charles Neimeyer as he discusses his new book War in the Chesapeake: The British Campaigns to Control the Bay, 1813-1814 (Naval Institute Press, 2015)
Not long after winning its independence, the United States of America was far from united in facing renewed threats from Britain. In response to the impressment of American sailors and the fostering of unrest by Native American actions in the northwest and on the Canadian border, President James Madison declared war against Britain in the summer of 1812.
War in the Chesapeake tells the story of the campaign summers of 1813 and 1814 when British forces terrorized coastal towns from Norfolk to Annapolis. The British also actively campaigned against the large American frigates—seeing them as the only threat to their own naval superiority. In the summer campaign of 1814, the British trounced the Americans at Bladensburg, and burned Washington, D.C. The British did not expect any other strong resistance after their quick victories, however, the Baltimoreans shocked the British with a stalwart defense at Fort McHenry and achieved a historic American victory.
Following the presentation, Neimeyer will be available for a Q&A session and book signing.
Cost: Free and open to the public
WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Charles Neimeyer, is is currently the Director of Marine Corps History and the Gray Research Center at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. Prior to coming to Quantico, Dr. Neimeyer was the former dean of academics at the Naval War College and Forrest Sherman Chair of Public Diplomacy in Newport, Rhode Island, as well as former Vice President of Academic Affairs at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He also served as a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Central Oklahoma. He is the author of America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army, 1775–1783 and The Revolutionary War.