So misunderstood is the historical context of the
Actually, it was written by the Russian composer in honor of his people having turned back Napoleon's army in the winter of 1812, which is why a few hurried bars of the French anthem, "La Marseillaise," can be heard in the lead-up to the part that was written for accompaniment by cannon, but goes so well with fireworks.
It's a war marked largely by
It is also the war that inspired the writing of the national anthem, though the battle that prompted
Moreover, the greatest American victory of the war, the Battle of New Orleans, took place after a peace treaty between the U.S. and the British Crown had been negotiated and signed.
It was an odd war, so it is fittingly odd that
Then again, the Revolution wasn't won in 1776, rather in 1782; bicentennial celebrations for that war, however, were long over by the time 1982 rolled around.
Curiously, the War of 1812 isn't necessarily a historical footnote. Coming as it did a scant 30 years after the end of the Revolution, it was a war that would test the mettle of a young nation against an imperial power that had lost other colonies to rebellion only to reconquer them. There is reason to conclude that the ability of the U.S. to strike a formidable defensive posture against Great
It's a fascinating era in U.S. history, and an era in which Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay figured prominently. Artifacts of the period abound in these parts, be they
It's worth remembering that the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Baltimore Beltway and Havre de Grace were scenes of battles that have helped ensure the nation's security for ensuing generations.