| Sep 13, 2014
| 4:08 PM
The clouds didn't exactly part for the Blue Angels, but they lifted just enough Saturday afternoon, the rain stopped, and suddenly three F/A-18 Hornets soared past in tight formation over the southeast edge of the Inner Harbor — the show was on...
| Sep 8, 2014
HAMPTON — Not many months after the Olde Wythe Neighborhood Association published its first history book in 2006, two of the authors met at dinner and started talking about writing a second.
Yet even with the unveiling of that brand new volume...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 7:21 PM
If the War of 1812 is the forgotten war, then the landing of the British near Dundalk is perhaps a battle few ever knew even happened.
But to thousands of visitors to Fort Howard this weekend, the Battle of North Point was vivid — they felt the...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 4:59 PM
Oh, say can you see a new slogan for Baltimore City?
Councilman James B. Kraft can. He petitioned his fellow City Council members to pass a resolution Monday declaring a new official motto for the city: "Baltimore — Birthplace of The Star-Spangled...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 5:39 PM
The sales pitch to 46 uniformed men was simple: Welcome to Baltimore. Next time, bring a tall ship.
City and state officials and the nautical community have begun a marketing drive aimed at filling the Inner Harbor with majestic sailing vessels and...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 7:29 PM
In "The Son," Philipp Meyer's sprawling multigenerational saga about a powerful Texas family, the author harvests the state's sad, passionate, often violent history, from its origins as an embattled republic to its present-day condition as an arid...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 7:46 AM
Among the most evocative artifacts I've seen while preparing an upcoming series of stories on Hampton Roads and the War of 1812 is a rifle left behind by an American sharpshooter fleeing the field of a hopeless battle.
Not only does this rare marked...
| Jun 12, 2013
Like any other savvy skipper on the Chesapeake Bay, Capt. Samuel Travis took extra care when he moored his ship in the York River on the windless evening of June 12, 1813.
For more than four months, the sailors and marines of a relentless Royal Navy...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 7:11 AM
In a place that has been fought over for as long and as many times as Hampton Roads, you should probably expect a few stray raids or battles to fall off the radar.
But in more than two decades of exploring the history of the region, I've only seen one...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 7:39 AM
Unlike the Civil War, the War of 1812 in Hampton Roads left such a dearth of artifacts and records that it's been tough finding ways to illustrate what are some pretty dramatic but strangely invisible stories.
That scarcity of documents is what makes...
| Jun 19, 2013
Two centuries after prowling into Hampton Roads, the size and power of the British fleet sent to punish the Chesapeake Bay region during the War of 1812 can be hard to imagine.
Just one of the Royal Navy's massive ships of the line boasted 74 guns,...