Date Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2011

Join us on Saturday, September 3, 10:30 a.m., as the Delaware Public Archives hosts a program about Delaware’s involvement in the War of 1812 entitled The Honour of the State has not been Tarnished” Presented by Charles Fithian, Curator of Archaeology with the State of Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs Division, this program will serve as an introduction to the 200th anniversary of the war in 2012.  With the arrival of a Royal Navy blockading squadron in the Delaware Capes in March of 1813, the War of 1812 arrived in Delaware. Maritime activities would be disrupted, and communities across Delaware would be affected. Delawareans would find themselves participants in the military and naval events that occurred throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond. The role Delaware played during the war is not well known. This presentation will provide an overview of the state’s participation in this conflict. While the emphasis will be on the military dimensions of the conflict, how the war affected Delaware politically, economically, and socially will also be discussed. 

 Mr. Fithian is a well known local historian who has researched the War of 1812 in Delaware for over 20 years.  Through his investigations he has identified more than 100 sites that are related to the War.  In addition, Mr. Fithian has directed the research and conservation of the British ship DeBraak and its large associated collection.  He has also conducted extensive research on 17th century Delaware and the Delaware Regiment during the American Revolution.

 The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required. 

Colonel Samuel Boyer Davis. Commander of the American Forces during the bombardment of Lewes, April 1813.


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