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Newspaper Archives

List of regions, battles & subjects for which newspapers are or will be available.

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Maryland - Eastern Shore

Caulk’s Field

Kent County, Chestertown, Rock Hall

Kent Island & Kent Narrows
(sometimes referred to only as the Narrows)

Patuxent River and Benedict

Poplar Island

Queenstown (QAC, Md.)

  • Attack on Queenstown - Part 1 - Part 2
    - August 31, 1813 - Weekly Aurora, Tuesday

St. Michael's & also Easton & Talbot County

Maryland - Dorchester County

Skirmish with the enemy, Extract of a letter from Charles K. Bryan to Brig. Gen. P. Benson, dated Hongar River, Dorchester County, January 14th, 1815
- February, 1815 - The National Intelligencer

Battle of the Ice Mound
- February 25, 1815 - The National Intelligencer

Maryland - Baltimore

Maryland Battles and Skirmishes and other specific Maryland site information

Havre de Grace

Fredericktown & Georgetown

Battles in the North & West and
also including Lower and Upper Canada

Boston

Burlington

Erie, Pa. & Long Point

Fort George

Kingston

Lundy Lane

Massachusetts

Montreal

New Hampshire

New York

Niagara

Ohio & Indiana

Ontario

Plattsburg

Queenston/Queenstown

Rhode Island - Newport

Sackett’s Harbor

Ships's Battles

An ad for pictures of the battle between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere, and for the battle between the USS United States and HMS Macedonian
- August 28, 1813 - The Columbian

A letter with comments about the battle of the USS Chesapeake and HMS Shannon
- Aug 5, 1813

The Official Account of the Capture of the Guerriere
Part 1 - Part 2
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

An anecdote re the USS Constitution in the HMS Guerriere battle
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

USS Vixen on patrol heading for the West Indies and was captured by the British.
- May 8, 1813  - Baltimore Patriot

This note regarding the Comet was published as presented here.
- May 8, 1813  - Baltimore Patriot

The loss of the British ship Peacock was a blow to the British because they felt they not only had more ships, they had ships with more guns that the US Navy.
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

This is a reprint from the newspaper The American of the defense by Daniel Fitch, the captain of the Arab, one of the four American ships captured by the British in the Battle of the Rappahannock on April 13, 1813
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

Letter regarding the events of August 10th and 11th between the American and British Navies on Lake Ontario and the events involving Commodore Issac Chauncey USN and Sir James Lucas Yeo of the British Navy, giving the American aspects. This report is from an unsigned writer to an unnamed person.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

British letter dated from Kingston (British HQ) on August 14th detailing their side of the same events referred to as being included with the first letter.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

Refuting of the British letter by an unknown correspondent, even the gossip that all the junior officers had resigned.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

US Army

The notice of the Aid-de-Camp Major Hull passing through Newport on his way to Washington with letter from General Hull
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

News Re Capture of General William Hill.
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury
The reference is to his riding in a 'calash' at the head of his prisoner of war troops upon their arrival in Halifax. The calash is a small carriage with two wheels.

Army of the North report regarding plans of General Henry Dearborn and the plans regarding boats on the lakes.
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

US Navy

Capt. James Lawrence dying statement
- March 12, 1814 - Massachusetts Columbian Centinel

Ad for a portrait of Capt. Lawrence published for the public, furnished by his family
- Aug 28, 1813 - The Columbian

Copy of letter from private citizen Capt. George Crowninshield to Secretary of Navy
- Aug 28, 1813 - The Columbian
- He was the captain of ship sent to Halifax to obtain the body of Capt. Lawrence to return it home

Navy News - The news regarding Isacc Hull's request for temporary leave from the USS Constitution
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newwport Mercury

The successful cruise of the USS Essex
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newwport Mercury

Sarcastic report on failure to provide enough ship's carpenters to build US Navy ships in 1812: "Better Late than Never"
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newwport Mercury

Army of the North report regarding plans of General Henry Dearborn and the plans regarding boats on the lakes.
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newwport Mercury

Account of the tribute dinner at the retirement of Paul Hamilton in 1812 as Secretary of the US Navy. The account should be read in the context of his disagreements with both Congress and the President over his policies of best preparedness for war at sea and what he felt was lack of support for the US Navy preparedness. Note the term used for the toast to the US Navy--"Our Little Navy"
- May 5, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

An article in high praise of our US Navy, its skills in seamanship and gunnery, and how well "little America" has done against all expectations in naval warfare.
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

The loss of the British ship Peacock was a blow to the British because they felt they not only had more ships, they had ships with more guns that the US Navy.
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

This is a reprint from the newspaper The American of the defense by Daniel Fitch, the captain of the Arab, one of the four American ships captured by the British in the Battle of the Rappahannock on April 13, 1813
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

A Comparative List of American and British Ships on the Great Lakes as of August, 1813
- August 31, 1813 - Aurora Newspaper

A letter and an additional note from Commodore Isaac Chauncey to the Secretary of the Navy
- August 31, 1813 - Aurora Newspaper

A letter to the Secretary of War from Lt. Angus re the capture of a US Gunboat #121 off the coast of Rhode Island by the British HM Martin, and enclosing a letter to him from sailimaster William Shead who had command of the American gunboat.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

An order from Captain C. Morris aboard the U.S. frigate Adams in the Potomac river forbidding the passage of the American ship Mansoon under Capt. Williams due to the possibility of the ship being captured in the British blockade.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

A reprint of a sarcastic remark by the Pennsylvania Republic against the Federalists who would potentially make bad comments about the captain and crew of the Chesapeake on their capture by the Shannon
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

The loss of Captain James Lawrence and Lt. Augustus Ludlow
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

Letter regarding the events of August 10th and 11th between the American and British Navies on Lake Ontario and the events involving Commodore Issac Chauncey USN and Sir James Lucas Yeo of the British Navy, giving the American aspects. This report is from an unsigned writer to an unnamed person.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

British letter dated from Kingston (British HQ) on August 14th detailing their side of the same events referred to as being included with the first letter.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

Refuting of the British letter by an unknown correspondent, even the gossip that all the junior officers had resigned.
- August 31, 1813 Aurora Newspaper

 

Impressed & Imprisoned Seamen

Impressed Seamen

Imprisoned Seamen

Chesapeake Bay

Undetermined Newspaper April 1813
*Note news about men of Baltimore on way in New York to Northern Battles

The Columbian August 3, 1813

The Columbian August 5, 1813

Enemy news on the Bay
- August 3, 1813 - The Columbian

Blockade of the Chesapeake and Delaware River
- March 1, 1813 - The Statesman

Enemy on Kent Island & Chesapeake Bay
- Aug 13, 1813 - The Columbian

Enemy in Our Waters, Kent Island and Chesapeake Bay
- Aug 28, 1813 - The Columbian

News of an incident off of Delaware re the British tender the Pilgrim, attached to the British Poietiers, and the lament of the people of Delaware for lack of defense.
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

The Latest News from the Chesapeake
- June 8, 1814 - New York Evening Post

 

British News as Published in American Papers

British News published in Boston and then re-published in the Newport Mercury
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

British News from Montreal
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

British News on Hearing Declaration of War
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

British News
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

A Royal Speech was read in Parliament by the Lord Chancellor on behalf of the Prince Regent regarding all the wars Great Britain was then involved in. Included were his thoughts on the Declaration of War by the Americans regarding their "unwarrantable pretensions" and the "hostile attitude" towards his country.
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

News Re Capture of General William Hill.
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury
The reference is to his riding in a 'calash' at the head of his prisoner of war troops upon their arrival in Halifax. The calash is a small carriage with two wheels.

British Announcement from March 30, 1813, of Blockade published in Baltimore paper
- May 8, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

A number of items from British news: Sarcastic remarks about American victories and American frigates which the British did not consider acceptable as frigates; News of group of American business people at Board of Trade seeking information regarding the import of British goods to US; Parliment discussion of British War Taxes & the US Blockade
- May 8, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

This is a series of British news bits published based on primarily a verbal communication from a gentleman by the name of Mr. Rhoades
- May 8, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

British farmer and writer of pamphlets, usually against British Parliamentary practices and laws, and imprisoned for two years for such from 1810 to 1812
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

Government Notices

Federal government announcement of celebration of American victories and listing some promotions.
- May 5, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

This is the follow up notice to the one published a few days earlier regarding the celebrations of the Naval Victories planned for Washington D.C.
- May 8, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

Announcement of the appointment of Dr. James Rush as the 4th Treasurer of the US MMint, replacing his father, Dr. Benjamin Rush, who had just died. Both men were well known doctors, involved in many public efforts for medicine.
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

Shipping

Shipping news from Boston Harbor
- March 12, 1814 - Massachusetts Columbian Centinel

This set of shipping news is one of the best articles...
- Sept 19, 1812 - Newport Mercury

This article of up to the minute shipping news truly gives a wonderful picture of the extent of shipping carried on by America in 1813.
- May 8, 1813  - Baltimore Patriot Marine Journal

This article on news from Oporto comprises information as heard in what was the British stronghold in Portugal
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot

The Marine Journal section of the Baltimore Patriot presented every shred of shipping information for every port, beyond what most other newspapers in the country offered.
- April 29, 1813 - Baltimore Patriot  The Marine Journal

Individuals

Perry

Issac Hull

General Henry Dearborn

Major General Stephan Van Rensaleer

William Pinkney

Captain James Lawrence

Slaves and Free Blacks




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Brought to you by the Office of Tourism for the following Eastern Shore Maryland Counties:
QUEEN ANNE'S
Home to the British 1813 encampment on the Eastern Shore, skirmishes and attacks on Queenstown and Centreville.
TALBOT
Home to the attack on St. Michael’s and the home of John Leeds Kerr who initially led a regiment in the war and later became the Adjutant General responsible for recovering all payments to Maryland Militia and Privateers for expenses and losses.
KENT
Home to Caulk's Field (Aug 31, 1814) five miles west of Chestertown, one of America's best preserved War of 1812 battlefields says 1812 historian/author Scott Sheads.
CAROLINE
Home of West Denton’s Old Harford Town Maritime Center and in 1811 the Eastern Shore’s first moveable bridge across the Choptank River.
DORCHESTER
Home to Taylor’s Island--Battle of the Ice Mound--and the single best documentation of War of 1812 Veterans burial documentation.
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