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'Chastising Jonathan': British Views of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake  
Christopher T. George
An examination of the changing views of Britons on the War of 1812 and Americans as a whole. As the war progressed, many in Britain began to realize that the Americans comprised a more formidable enemy than they had anticipated.
 
'The Hour of Peril ... is not yet past': Fall 1814 Baltimore Defense Plans  
Vincent Vaise
Following the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814, Baltimoreans feared a return by the British. Defenses were redesigned and troops redeployed in case the enemy tried again to capture the city.
 
A Rather Unsuitable Crew: American General Officers at the Start of the War of 1812  
Arnold Blumberg
At the start of the war, American general officers were poorly chosen by the Madison administration, because of their political affiliation as Republicans or because of their Revolutionary War record. Few men of ability were chosen which badly hampered U.S. efforts early in the war.
 
A Real Mix-up: Who Tried to Blow up HMS Plantagenet?  
Christopher T. George
In the summer of 1813, a man named Mix tried to blow up the British warship Plantagenet off the capes of Virginia. But was he Midshipman Mervine P. Mix of the USS Constellation as the British later alleged, or another man entirely, named Elijah Mix?
 
Arms Drill for Volunteer Militia in the Old Northwest  
R. E. van Patten
The author explores the use of drill manuals as used by volunteer militia in the Old Northwest (Ohio), specifically William Duane's Handbook for Riflemen, in 1812.
 
Robert Fulton and the Secret War of 1812  
Montgomery Phair
Robert Fulton (1765-1815), inventor of the steamboat, also was a pioneer in the use of torpedoes (mines), submarines, and the steam frigate. However, the United States did not make the best use of his genius.
 

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