| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Two years ago, during bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812, I was struck by how important the waterfront is to Baltimore. That might seem like an odd thing for a Baltimorean to say, but unless you own waterfront property, work near it or...
| May 5, 2014
| 3:05 AM
Jesse Leavenworth here to tell you about Jesse Leavenworth.
I write of my Revolutionary namesake with pride, but must admit some truth in the old saying about looking back far enough and finding a horse thief.
Old Jess and I share ancestors who came...
| May 11, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The USS Constitution never looked better than on the morning it sailed from Alexandria, Va., fully provisioned, with an inexperienced but enthusiastic crew of 450 men eager for action and adventure.
Then word came later that day, June 18, 1812: A...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 12:51 PM
Baltimore's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of "The Star-Spangled Banner" will be broadcast live during a two-hour episode of PBS' "Great Performances" series on Sept. 13.
The show is set for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live from...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Two years ago, Baltimore rolled out the red carpet, and then some, for the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to commemorate what some have called the second war for American independence.
This year, they'll be...
| May 24, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Now that signs of the history of Hampstead Hill have been unearthed, historians hope to keep its 200-year-old stories from being forgotten again soon.
Advocates for Patterson Park and Baltimore's legacy of the War of 1812 plan new signs and displays for...
| May 24, 2014
| 5:05 PM
With his fife's high-pitched notes soaring over the enthusiastic throngs that gather each year at historic sites to celebrate Memorial Day, Dave Embrey is an attention-getter.
Clad in historically accurate attire, the longtime Savage resident performs...
| May 28, 2014
| 3:00 AM
For local archaeologists, the piece de resistance would be to find items that once belonged to Comte de Rochambeau, the French army commander during the American Revolution.
He and 5,000 troops are said to have encamped at Belvoir-Scott's Plantation...
| May 23, 2014
| 5:31 AM
About 22 miles long and only 4 miles wide, the area that became Newport News was first settled in 1619.
In 1896, that community — the former seat of Warwick County — became the separate city of Newport News. Warwick County was one of the...
| May 17, 2014
There are two ghosts in "Family of Flagmakers," an exhibit at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House about the lives of the women who made the flag immortalized in verse by Francis Scott Key.
"Family of Flagmakers" is described as the first exhibit ever to...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Decades of careful restoration and study have revealed a lot about the flag that flew over Fort McHenry after its defenders fought off a naval attack during the War of 1812: the swatches taken as mementos of the pivotal battle, the areas worn by time,...