Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay

Christopher T. George

  • Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay

For nearly two years during the War of 1812, the British treated the Chesapeake Bay as their private lake. But in 1814, as attention moved from the northern frontier to the Mid-Atlantic region, the Americans fought back and drove the invaders from the bay. Christopher T. George traces the abuses of the inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay by Royal Navy raiding parties under arrogant Rear Admiral George Cockburn. Cockburn’s burning and pillaging of bay communities proceeded the burning of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., on August 24-25, 1814, by Major General Robert Ross. Cockburn persuaded Ross that the Americans could not stand up to Lord Wellington’s Peninsular War veterans. But he miscalculated when it came to attacking Baltimore, where citizen soldiers, strongly led by Revolutionary War veterans General Samuel Smith and John Stricker, and backed by U.S. Navy regulars, held the British at bay, killing Ross and reclaiming American pride.

“Christopher T. George bravely sets out to redo the local aspects, and the news is that his Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay must be considered that topic’s best single volume treatment yet.”

The Baltimore Sun

Book
Author Christopher T. George
Pages 224
Images 57
Maps 15
Bibliography Yes
Index Yes
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