A Student of History

July 30, 2012

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Now Open

Filed under: Early America,Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 12:10 pm


Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Ready for Visitors


The Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland

Baltimore, MD – Today, the National Park Service officially launched the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail with a ceremony in the Fell’s Point neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Partners from all nine regions along the trail were recognized for their hard work to develop the trail in their local areas.


“The launch of the Star Spangled Banner Trail is a key part of our nation’s bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812,” said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. “It will provide Marylanders and visitors with a way to access and appreciate the sites engaged in our nation’s Second War of Independence. Highlighted by kiosks, wayside signs, and highway markers, the trail will offer a unique combination of land and water-based sites and give visitors a unique understanding of Maryland’s role in the war that helped shaped our nation.”


With help from regional partners, important sites along the trail are now ready for visitors in southern Maryland, the Upper Bay, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


“The launch of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a proud moment for all Marylanders,” said Congressman John Sarbanes, who authored legislation to create the trail. “As we commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial, the Trail will help bring to life historic events that unfolded in our own backyard and changed the course of our nation’s history. I hope it will help visitors, students and others to learn more about our state’s critical role in the ‘second war of independence’ and how the United States’ victory set the stage for the spread of democracy around the world.”


Over 100 partners, friends, and tourism professionals showed their support at the trail’s launch today. NPS Superintendent John Maounis said, “The hard work and dedication of our partners throughout the region results today in a trail that is open and ready to receive visitors. Families can tour the trail, visit historic places, ride their bikes or visit by boat. The NPS Chesapeake Bay Office will continue to work with our partners to offer additional opportunities for education and recreation.”


“The trail connects the multitude of sites significant to our national heritage,” said Bill Pencek, Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, and chair of the trail’s Advisory Council. “The trail is also a vital economic resource, attracting the “touring traveler” who spends more, takes longer trips, and travels with more people than typical visitors to Maryland.” 


The Maryland State Highway Administration has begun installing highway markers in the southern Maryland region of the trail. “The State Highway Administration is proud to partner in support of creating scenic and historic byways and trails throughout Maryland,” said SHA Deputy Administrator Doug Simmons. They carry residents as well as visitors along paths that highlight our history, reflect our common heritage and welcome everyone to explore Maryland again and again.”


New services and materials to help visitors explore the trail include:

  • the trail’s history and travel pocket guide
  • interpretive kiosks at 25 trail locations
  • highway markers on Maryland roads
  • the trail’s Junior Ranger program
  • new mobile application and website
  • the Virtual Resource Center for educators
  • illustrated history and travel guide In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake, a collaboration of the National Park Service, the Maryland Historical Trust, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

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About the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail:

The trail commemorates the War of 1812 and its legacy in the Chesapeake region. Over 560 miles of land and water routes in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia follow movements of British and American troops during a period of political and social turmoil that forever changed a young democratic nation. The National Park Service, in cooperation with state government, local jurisdictions and hundreds of nonprofit organizations, is working to preserve and develop sites and places along the trail to provide interpretation of the causes, events, and outcomes of the War and improve water access and recreation opportunities for visitors and residents. For more information, visit www.starspangledtrail.net.

July 27, 2012

General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South

Filed under: Early America,NC History,New books,Wars — John Maass @ 7:38 am

I am pleased to announce the publication of General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South by the Univ. of South Carolina Press, a copy of which I received yesterday.  In it is my essay, “’With humanity, justice, and moderation’: Nathanael Greene and the Reconciliation of the Disaffected in the South, 1780-1783.”

Here are 2 blurbs:

“The Revolutionary War in the South increasingly absorbs the attention of historians and of the public. Nathanael Greene was central to that war’s outcome, and with the recent completion of the publication of his papers, we have gained more and more insight into his character and his role in the ultimate victory. The essays in this volume represent a major push forward. Here we begin to learn about Greene as a manager, as a manipulator, as a thinker, and as a fighter. Highly recommended!”—Wayne E. Lee, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense

“These chapters represent an insightful commentary on Nathanael Greene. It draws from a variety of authors who have studied Greene and his life. Each author brings depth to examining one aspect of Greene’s life. There is much food for thought here because the chapters examine not only Greene’s military expertise but his social and political acumen as he progresses from Northern merchant soldier to Southern general and planter. It is clear that Greene, the man, changed as the war progressed and his education received practical training in all facets of being a citizen soldier.”—Lawrence E. Babits, George Washington Distinguished Professor (ret) and author of A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens  

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