Discover history of War of 1812 at symposium

  • Friday, February 8, 2013

The War of 1812- A Bicentennial Symposium will be held at the Old Exchange Building, 122 East Bay St. on Saturday, Feb. 9 It is sponsored by The Citadel and the Old Exchange Building. For more information or to register to attend call 843-727-2165 or visit the website at http://oldexchange.org or email cokerm@charleston-sc.gov. Tickets are $10 per person. Space is limited,so reserve your spot.

Also visit http://thewarof1812symposium.weebly.com/ for additional information.

The symposium will be moderated by Dr. Don Hickey of The Citadel. The schedule is as follows:

8:30-9 a.m.: Coffee and introductory remarks

9-9:45 a.m.: Don Hickey (The Citadel): “Ten Things that Everyone Should Know About the War of 1812”

9:45-10:30 a.m.: J.C.A. Stagg (University of Virginia): “A Needlessly Complicated Problem: Why was there a War in 1812?”

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45-11:30 a.m.: Nicole Eustace (New York University): “‘Charges Most Wounding to the Feelings of a Soldier:’ The Passions of Patriotism and the Court Martial of General William Hull”

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Break (meal not included)

1:30- 2:15 p.m.: R. David Edmunds (University of Texas at Dallas): “‘His conduct is insufferable:’ Tecumseh’s Gadfly, Main Poc of the Potawatomis”

2:15-3:00 p.m.: Alan Taylor (University of California-Davis): “Settling and Unsettling Borders: How the War of 1812 Was Won”

3-3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15-4 p.m.: Donald E. Graves (Ensign Heritage Group): “The Great Patriotic Crusade for the Preservation of the Motherland against American Imperialist Aggression: A Modest Canadian View of the War of 1812”

4-5 p.m.: Panel discussion

5-6 p.m.: Book signing and reception

Don Hickey is the 2013 General Mark Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The Citadel and Professor of History at Wayne State College. He is one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of the War of 1812, having authored seven books on the conflict. His book “The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict” (now in a new 2012 bicentennial edition) won the American Military Institute’s Best Book Award and the National Historical Society’s Book Prize. His other prominent works include “Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812” (2006); “The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812” (2011); and a forthcoming collection of documents for the Library of America series, entitled “The War of 1812: Writings from America’s ‘Second War of Independence.’”

Alan Taylor is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California-Davis, and one of the most renowned historians of early America, having won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1995 work, “William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.” His award-winning research particularly examines the frontiers and borderlands of the early American republic, including his widely acclaimed recent work, “The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies” (2010); “The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution” (2006); and “Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: the Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier 1760-1820” (1990). Professor Taylor has also authored the finest single-volume overview of colonial North America, “American Colonies” (2001).

J.C.A.Stagg is professor at the University of Virginia and the Editor of the James Madison Papers. He is the one of the foremost scholars of the political, diplomatic and military history of the War of 1812, with special emphases on the social history of the U.S. Army, 1802-1815, and the Spanish borderlands. He has edited nearly 20 volumes of James Madison’s papers for publication by the University Press of Virginia, and authored dozens of essays and two widely-acclaimed books on the contest, “Mr. Madison’s War: Politics, Diplomacy, and Warfare in the Early American Republic, 1783-1830” (1983) and “The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent” (2012).

Nicole Eustace is associate professor of Hhstory and program director of the History of Women and Gender Master’s Degree at New York University. Her scholarship focuses on eighteenth-century British America and the early United States, and she is the author of a number of acclaimed essays and books on the era’s cultural history: “The Sentimental Paradox: Humanity and Violence on the Pennsylvania Frontier,” William and Mary Quarterly 65 (2008); “Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution” (2008) and “1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism” (2012).

R. David Edmunds is currently Anne and Chester Watson Chair in History at the University of Texas-Dallas, and one of the most distinguished historians of American Indians and the American West. His biographies of Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa are widely hailed as the definitive studies of those crucial native leaders of the early 1800s. Dr. Edmunds has written or edited 10 books and over one hundred essays, articles and other shorter publications. His major works have been awarded the Francis Parkman Prize, “The Potawatomis: Keepers Of The Fire” (1978); the Ohioana Prize for Biography, “The Shawnee Prophet” (1983); and the Alfred Heggoy Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society, “The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge To New France” (1993).

Donald E. Graves is one of Canada’s foremost military historians, and is descended from an old Loyalist family in Ontario. He is currently the managing director of the Ensign Heritage Group, and has worked as a historian for Parks Canada, Canada’s National Historic Sites Service, the National Archives of Canada, and the National Defense Directorate of History. He has authored a number of seminal books on the military history of the War of 1812 and the British Army in the Napoleonic Wars: “Dragon Rampant: The Royal Welch Fusiliers at War, 1793-1815” (2010), “Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler’s Farm,” 1813 (1999), “Red Coats & Grey Jackets: The Battle of Chippawa, 5 July 1814” (1996), and “Where Right and Glory Lead! The Battle of Lundy’s Lane, 1814” (rev. ed. 1997).

The War of 1812: A Bicentennial Symposium: Community Events

Feb. 6

Drawing from its Archives, Textiles and History collections, The Charleston Museum will present a selection of materials to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Exhibit highlights include a hussar-style uniform cape worn by James Ferguson, of Charleston, who served as aide-de-camp to General Thomas Pinckney, and a pair of epaulettes attributed to William Bell of the 8th Infantry, Maryland Militia. Period weaponry and documents will also be on display. The exhibit will run from Feb. 6 to March 6. Normal admission rates apply.


The Charleston Library Society will showcase a collection of rare newspapers, broadsides, and other items relating to the War of 1812 until Feb. 11. Normal admission rates apply. http://charlestonlibrarysociety.org/

Feb. 8

VIP Reception at the Powder Magazine- This in an invite only event for speakers, organizers, and special guests. Contact cokerm@charleston-sc.gov with questions.

Feb. 9

War of 1812- A Bicentennial Symposium

Old Exchange Building 122 East Bay St.

The Palmetto state played an important part in the War of 1812. The SCDAH will bring from its collection a selection of documents for display in the Old Exchange for the Feb 9 symposium.


The Fireproof Building will open its doors the day of the symposium, Feb 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On display will be items from its vast collection that tie into the SC experience during the War of 1812.


Feb. 10

On Feb 10, at 2 p.m., the Powder Magazine will host Dr. Nic Butler. Dr. Butler will speak on War of 1812 fortifications and events in Charleston from 1812-1815. Admission is $3 per person.


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