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A travel guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake : eighteen tours in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia
Other title(s):
War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
ISBN:
9780801898365

9780801892356

9780801898372
Publication Information:
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
Physical Description:
284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Historic route tours. British Invasion tour (Maryland) ; Battle of Bladensburg tour (Maryland) ; Saving the Declaration of Independence tour (District of Columbia, Virginia) ; First Family flight tour (District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland) ; Battle of North Point tour (Maryland) -- Historic city, town, and regional tours. Maryland. Annapolis and U.S. Naval Academy tour ; Baltimore tour ; Southern Maryland tour ; Maryland Eastern Shore tour ; Head of the Chesapeake tour ; Frederick tour -- Virginia. Alexandria tour ; Greater Norfolk tour ; Richmond and Petersburg tour ; Tappahannock tour ; Central Virginia tour ; Other tidewater Virginia sites -- District of Columbia. Washington, D.C., tour -- Appendixes. A, Suggested walks ; B, Suggested bicycling areas ; C, Canoe, kayak, and small boating areas ; D, Boat excursions.
Summary:
Welcome to War of 1812 tidewater country. It is here, in the waters and on the shores of the Chesapeake that Americans fought to preserve their recently won independence from the British. From Maryland to Virginia to the District of Columbia, this guidebook points readers to the war's important battlefields and historic sites.
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Welcome to War of 1812 tidewater country. Here, in the waters and on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Americans fought to preserve their recently won independence from the British. Detailing sites from Maryland to Virginia to the District of Columbia, this portable guidebook points readers to the war's most important battlefields and historic places.

The book is organized into eighteen tours. Five Historic Route Tours guide enthusiasts down the same roads and past the same buildings that proved critical in the struggle. Thirteen Historic City, Town, and Regional Tours feature key sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Visitors can pick a tour and follow the President and First Lady as they fled Washington, D.C., or British troops as they landed at North Point, or the Declaration of Independence as patriots saved it from the invaders.

The tours are organized geographically to make trip planning easy. All are accessible by car or on foot; bike and water excursions are also suggested where appropriate. Each tour includes a brief history and information every visitor will need to know, such as the address, phone number, website, parking availability, days and hours of operation, and entrance fees. The guide is richly illustrated throughout, showing many structures that no longer exist and numerous historic sites not visible from public roads. Detailed maps direct visitors to each site.

Tourists can step back in time as they travel the same roads and waterways that American and British troops did two centuries ago.


Author Notes

Ralph E. Eshelman is a cultural resource management consultant and historian who served as historian for the National Park Service's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail study. He is coauthor of The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia , also published by Johns Hopkins.


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Library Journal Review

The Chesapeake Bay area was a theater of war for the latter years of the War of 1812, i.e., 1813-14. This book offers two types of tours, either by the actual historic routes (Part 1), or by particular sites (Part 2). For example, in the first part, readers can trace the invading British forces or follow James and Dolley Madison as they fled Washington. Walking, biking, and boating are covered. Part 2 offers 13 city, town, and regional tours. VERDICT Throughout, useful sidebars present detailed information on operating hours, fees, parking, and more; however, there is no listing for eating or overnight accommodations, and the maps are outdated. Despite these detriments, this will be a useful part of a larger toolkit for traveling the war.-D.L.P. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.