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I've been thinking a lot about gun tubes over the past few weeks while completing the stories for my current series on the War of 1812 in Hampton Roads. Though far smaller in size and armed with far fewer guns, the 15 American gunboats that attacked HMS...
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,...
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...
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...
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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...
The small wooden trunk is covered with red leather, painted with an ocher floral embroidery and studded with brass nails — and it couldn't have announced its owner's intention more clearly. The 19-year-old Baltimore beauty who packed the trunk...
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...
After reading this week's criticism of how the National Park Service and the Fort McHenry administration have been dealing with the constraints of sequestration, I would remind critics that despite the site's obvious attraction to runners, walkers and...
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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...
Go back 200 years this month and you would have found Hampton Roads in turmoil. The world's best and biggest navy, which had arrived in February to blockade the Chesapeake Bay, was looking for new targets after the return of a squadron that had...
On Jan. 1, 1863, when the Emancipation Proclamation was declared by President Lincoln, the majority of freed slaves didn't know how to read. Attempts to spread the word by traditional means — newspapers, handbills, posters — would go a long...
HarwintonThe T.A. Hungerford Memorial Museum, located at 50 Burlington Road (Route 4) in Harwinton, will now be open on selected Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning June 9. This year's exhibit theme is Textiles. On display will be clothing from the mid...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Harwinton, Museums
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Jun 19, 2013 |Story| Hampton Roads Daily Press
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