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Napoleonic Wars

 Reliving History: The War of 1812  
A "nuts and bolts" site for anyone who wishes an overview of the war. Includes a timeline, causes of the war, battles, and outcomes.
http://library.thinkquest.org/22916/exmain.html 
 
 Biography of Major General Isaac Brock  
Biography of the British general by Alain Gauthier, Chief of Education and Outreach at the Canadian War Museum. Gauthier characterizes Brock as one of the few commanders of the War of 1812 on either side who was a "bold, imaginative and inspiring leader."
http://www3.sympatico.ca/dis.general/brock.htm 
 
 Steele's Rifles of Sugarcreek  
Web Page for Steele's Rifles, a re-enactment unit based in Sugarcreek and Bellbrook, Ohio.
http://www.iaw.on.ca/~jsek/steeles.htm 
 
 Lord Nelson and Sea Power  
This article written by Leigh Kimmel discusses the life of the great British naval admiral and how his ideas effected the Royal Navy through the War of 1812 and seapower generally through World War II
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/3682/nelsonsea.html 
 
 Ships of the Old Navy  
British maritime expert Michael Phillips has compiled this informative alphabetical listing of sailing ships of the Royal Navy
http://www.cronab.demon.co.uk/INTRO.HTM 
 
 Maritime History  
British maritime expert Michael Phillips offers a number of articles on naval engagements during the War of 1812, selections from the Naval Chronicle, etc.
http://www.cronab.demon.co.uk/marit.htm 
 
War of 1812

 American Battlefield Protection Plan (ABPP)  
Discusses the Federal government's American Battlefield Protection Plan's to study and protect American battlefields. Specific information on the effort for Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battle sites is at http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/rev1812.htm,
http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/ 
 
 US Army Center of Military History. British forces in the War of 1812 -- select bibliography  
List compiled in 1996 of various references pertaining to British commanders and regiments who were engaged in fighting U.S. forces in the War of 1812
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/reference/1812/1812BR.htm 
 
 General Brock's Monument, Queenston Heights  
Major General Isaac Brock's Monument memorializes his death in the October 13, 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights during which the general was killed fighting the invading Yankees from across the Niagara River. The British forced the Americans back but Brock, a capable leader was lost in the process. This is the second monument to Brock at the spot, an earlier one having been blown up by Irish-American Fenians in 1840. Today's more impressive 56-metre monument, dedicated in 1853 and completed in 1856, marks the gravesite of the valorous general.
http://www.vaxxine.com/NOTLChamber/sites/brockmon.html 
 
 Picture Gallery  
The site features various images of paintings of the War of 1812
http://warof1812.napoleonicwars.com/picturegallery.html 
 
 General Society of the War of 1812  
This male hereditary society was founded September 14, 1814, immediately following the Battle of Baltimore, by militiamen who helped defend the city. Making up the present-day society are the descendents of men who fought in the War of 1812. A number of state societies come under the umbrella of the General Society. The website offers information on the the society, a timeline on the war, a list of publications on the war (with links for ordering).
http://www.societyofthewarof1812.org/ 
 
 Munger's Rangers and Steele's Rifles  
Web page for two re-enactment units from Greene & Montgomery Counties, Ohio, which recreate the real-life units that fought in the Old Northwest during the War of 1812.
http://users.erinet.com/2223/War1812.htm 
 
 Guernsey Postage Stamps Featuring Major-General Sir Isaac Brock  
The British general is featured on a series of stamps issued by Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, where the successful British officer was born in 1769.
http://www.post-office.guernsey.net/issues/brock/brock.html 
 
 Naval General Service Medal 1793 - 1840  
Gives a listing of engagements during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 for which British servicemen were later awarded medals. These medals were not awarded until 1847, during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) over three decades after the events they commemorated. The British monarch depicted on the medals is thus Victoria rather than George III, the reigning monarch during the War of 1812.
http://www.innotts.co.uk/~huan/ngs.html 
 
  Historical Manuscripts in the Navy Department Library  
The library includes manuscripts from all periods and includes some with relevance to the War of 1812, e.g., a receipt for 3 signal broad pendants made by Mrs. Sarah Stiles of Baltimore for "United States Flotilla, Commodore Barney. Approved. Joshua Barney." This is illustrated at http://www.navylibrary.nhc.navy.mil/Special_collections/Manuscript_files/Barney_Joshua_manu.html
http://www.navylibrary.nhc.navy.mil/Special_collections/Manuscript_files/Manuscript_page.html 
 
 Fort Norfolk 1812 Garrison  
Portraying the War of 1812 in Hampton Roads Virginia. Upcoming events include the War of 1812 Garrison Weekend, October 5-6, 2001.
http://www.geocities.com/athens/oracle/3750/ 
 
 War of 1812 Game  
The War of 1812 is a tactical/operational level game covering the major battles of the War of 1812 from the pre-war Battle of Tippecanoe to the post-war Battle of New Orleans. The game includes the same detailed tactical game engine as the earlier game Campaign 1776 and a higher level campaign game so that a player can fight individual battles or campaigns. Over 100 historical and what-if battles are included in the game together with a full-feature scenario editor.
http://www.hpssims.com/Pages/products/1812/war_of_1812.htm 
 
 Fort Meigs State Memorial  
Built in 1813 to defend the Ohio Country against British invasion, Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, constitutes the largest wooden walled fortification in North America. Today the fort stands rebuilt on its original location within a 65 acre wooded park. The ten acre fort is enclosed by a stockade wall and contains seven blockhouses, five cannon batteries, and numerous interior eight foot high earthworks. The site features Living History Reenactments May through October each year.
http://www.fortmeigs.org/ 
 
 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (National Park Service)  
This late 18th century star-shaped fort is world famous as the birthplace of the United States' national anthem. The guardian of Baltimore's harbor, it was the valiant defense of Fort McHenry by American forces during a British attack on September 13-14, 1814, that inspired 35 year old poet-lawyer, Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Following the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, the fort never again came under attack. However, it remained an active military post off and on for the next 100 years. Fort McHenry became an area administered by the National Park Service in 1933, two years after Key's poem became this country's national anthem. Of all the areas in the National Park System, Fort McHenry is the only one designated a national monument and historic shrine.
http://www.nps.gov/fomc/ 
 
 Old Fort Niagara  
Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York, is a Registered National Historic Landmark operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association. It saw significant action during the War of 1812, which represents one era in the 300 years of history experienced at the site. Located just minutes from Niagara Falls, the fort was the site of historic battles and sieges, trading and conquest. Old Fort Niagara today is an exciting place where the past lives on. Preserved as they stood in the 1700's when France and Britain controlled Niagara, the Fort's structures include the oldest building in the Great Lakes. The fort enjoys a magnificent location on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River. Old Fort Niagara is open 9:00 a.m. daily year round.
http://www.oldfortniagara.org/ 
 
 The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: The War of 1812  
Gives the texts of official papers, acts, and treaties related to the War of 1812
http://elsinore.cis.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/diplomacy/br1814m.htm 
 
 Prints and Maps of the War of 1812  
The Philadelphia Print Shop offers a sampling of prints of naval officers of the War of 1812, as well as other prints and maps
http://www.philaprintshop.com/war1812.html 
 
 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House  
Website for the 1793 home of flagmaker Mary Pickersgill who in 1813 made the Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor during famous bombardment by the British Royal Navy on September 13-14, 1814.
http://www.flaghouse.org 
 
 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine  
The Patriots of Fort McHenry, a citizens' group that supports Fort McHenry, offer a history of the fort, a virtual tour of the fort, an events listing, and a tour of the Battle of North Point. In terms of North Point, that page states, "As Fort McHenry mounted its successful defense of Baltimore during the War of 1812, a significant, though much lesser known, land battle was taking place to the east of Baltimore." See http://www.bcpl.net/~etowner/npbattle.html
http://www.bcpl.net/~etowner/patriots.html 
 
 The War of 1812  
Site with brief summaries of major actions in the war, a timeline, and links.
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/9198/war1812/w1812a.htm 
 
Impressment

 War of 1812 Re-enactment Units  
Includes units both in the United States and Canada
http://www.iaw.on.ca/~jsek/1812unit.htm 
 
 The War of 1812  
Canadian Army site gives a good although short summary of the War of 1812 from the Canadian perspective.
http://www.armee.mdn.ca/organ/armychrono/chrono_1812_e.html 
 

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