The Naval War of 1812: An Illustrated Program in Four Parts

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To commemorate the bicentennial, the American Society of Marine Artists has released this video series and it is with great pleasure that the Connecticut River Museum is able to make it available. Each program will explore a different aspect of the naval war from open ocean to lakes, rivers and coastal conflicts. The programs will include commentary from CRM staff and ASMA artists.

March 27- Prelude to War- This session will kick off the 4-part series by exploring the root causes of the War of 1812. It will detail why and how the US Navy, Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor to the Coast Guard) were established and gained combat experience vital to their important role in the War.

April 3- War on Blue Water- This portion of the series will tell the story of the early naval and privateer successes, plus increasing difficulties from the British blockade of American ports.

April 10- War on the Lakes- The portion of the program will explore the strategic importance of the natural northern waterway border and the race by both sides to build fleets to control it while their armies see-sawed back and forth across it. It shows combat on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, around Montreal and Lake Champlain.

April 17- War on Brown Water/ Epilogue- This portion of the series will study the war on coastal waterways along the coast of Maine, Long Island Sound and Chesapeake Bay; before focusing on the last major battle in New Orleans. The epilogue will trace the history and development of the American maritime armed forces through the decades from the end of the War to the present.

Please call 860-767-8269 to reserve a seat in this program. You may register for one session or all 4.

Free for CRM members.

Non Members: $7 session, $20 for the series.