Out with a Bang! Culminating the War of 1812

By Steve Allan, This article appears in the September 2014 issue of SpinSheet magazine. We thank the publisher for permission to reprint this article.
Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Photo by Ken Stanek/Visit Baltimore

Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Photo by Ken Stanek/Visit Baltimore

One of the strangest wars in America’s history will leave our collective consciousness soon, perhaps such as it did when it actually happened. In these pages over the last two years, we have learned how the British saber-rattled their way up and down the Chesapeake region with abandon two centuries before, in a war that many argue had no clear purpose, no great strategy, and some have surmised, no decisive victor. Motivations of national pride then and now are wildly divergent. Bill Pencek, executive director of Mayland’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission puts it this way: “The U.S. thinks we won, Canada knows they won, and Britain thinks, ‘What blimmin’ war are you talking about?” Continue reading