Creative Alliance Presents 1814: The Summation — A Symposium on the War of 1812

Creative Alliance Presents 1814: The Summation — A Symposium on the War of 1812

Seminar II —
Pride and Privateers: Maryland Maritime Contributions to the War

This seminar hones in on the critical maritime role that Maryland, and Baltimore specifically, played in the war. From the invention of the Maryland schooner to the fact that Baltimore privateers almost single handedly turned the tide of the war at sea, this panel will discuss all aspects of the naval actions of the War.

Ralph Eshelman – Moderator

Research Associate, Calvert Marine Museum
PhD University of Michigan
Co-Author of “In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake”

Ralph Eshelman has served as historical consultant and/or has appeared in many War of 1812 documentaries including "Battle for Washington" Bladensburg Visitor Center orientation video; "Anthem: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner;" "Weather That Changed The World: Thunderstorm That Saved D.C.," Weather Channel; "Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty," IMAX film; "Francis Scott Key and the Song that Built America," National Public Television documentary and; "Anthem: the Story of The Star-Spangled Banner," an online teacher resource.

Eshelman served as War of 1812 historian for United States Department of Education, and taken part in multiple War of 1812 conferences. Eshelman served as the historian for the “Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail” Study Team of the National Park Service and was designated “Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard” in 2009. His book In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake co-authored with Burt Kummerow will be his main topic at the event.

Christopher George

Author, Historian
MLA Johns Hopkins University
Author of “Terror on the Chesapeake”

Christopher T. George is the author of Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay published by White Mane in 2001 and a 20-year student of America’s forgotten conflict. He is the founding editor of the Journal of the War of 1812 and coordinator of the National War of 1812 Symposium series held each fall since 1996, usually in Baltimore.

Chris is now at work on a biography of British Major General Robert Ross in cooperation with Dr. John McCavitt of Rostrevor, Northern Ireland. Robert Ross was the British general who captured Washington, D.C., in August 1814 and was killed during the attack on Baltimore three weeks later. It is anticipated that the book will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in their “Campaigns and Commanders” series in time for the bicentennial of the events of 1814 in which Ross gained his greatest fame.

Carey Roberts

Author, Historian
MA Marymount University
Author of “Star-Spangled Sailors”

Carey Roberts' fourth novel, STAR-SPANGLED SAILORS, first appeared as the prize-winning script in the 1996 Worldfest International Film Festival. Based on military reports, personal accounts and letters, this historical novel offers a unique perspective from the viewpoint of Chesapeake Bay watermen, men and boys, black and white, who answered Commodore Joshua Barney's call, "Come all you lads who know no fear" to defend their bay waters. These committed warriors continued to fight on as active players in the defense of Fort McHenry and Baltimore. This past summer, Carey and daughter Fran, also a writer, presented a 5 hour program on the War of 1812 at the Chautauqua Institute.

Jan Miles

Captain, Pride of Baltimore II

Jamie Trost

Captain, Pride of Baltimore II