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Eshelman offers context, directions, maps and other pertinent details for those with a taste for exploring sites related to the war.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch)

An exceptional companion volume to the previous book that allows readers an unrivaled view or all the battles and campaigns... If you like your history both immediate and personal, this is the book for you!

(Blaine Taylor Sea Classics)

A Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake is a first-rate tool for those exploring the Chesapeake Theater.

(Command Sergeant Major James H. Clifford, USA-Ret. On Point)

About the Author

Ralph E. Eshelman is a cultural resource management consultant and historian who served as historian for the National Park Service's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail study. He is coauthor of The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Product Details

  • Series: Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801898374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801898372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralph Eshelman has over 35 years of cultural resource management experience. His work includes researching and writing the Historic Context Study for the oystering and fishing industries of the United States for the National Maritime Initiative of the National Park Service. Eshelman prepared the Cultural Resource Management Plan for the United States Coast Guard. He has written numerous successful National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark nominations including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Grand Central Terminal Oyster Bar. Eshelman served as historian for the team that wrote the "Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook" for the United States Coast Guard and National Park Service and he wrote the Recommended Criteria for the Selection of the Principal Museum for the Monitor Collection of Artifacts and Papers.

Specific to the War of 1812, Eshelman was co-director of the Patuxent River Cultural Resource Survey which discovered and partially excavated an American War of 1812 military vessel from the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla. Eshelman also conducted a holistic inventory of War of 1812 sites in Maryland for the National Park Service's National Battlefield Protection Program. This resulted in two reports: "Maryland War of 1812: Battlefields, Selected Skirmishes, Encampments, Earthworks, and Related Sites" (2000; co-authored with Christopher George); and "Maryland Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefields/Skirmishes and Associated Historical Properties Survey" (2002; co-authored with Susan Langley and Ben Ford). Eshelman served as the historian for the "Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail" Study Team of the National Park Service. He researched and established the precise route used by the British in their invasion of Maryland and determined portions where this route has been destroyed because of modern development. Eshelman also provided the list of primary and associated resources that were used in establishing the recommended sections of the designated national historic trail.

Eshelman serves as co-chair of the Resource Stewardship and Visitor Experience Committee of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and chairs the Maryland Resource Inventory working group. He served as a consultant to ERM to develop an access, stewardship, and interpretive opportunity plan for the water portions of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Eshelman has published several books including Maryland's Largest Naval Engagement: The Battle of St. Leonard Creek, 1814, Calvert County, Maryland (Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, Studies in Archeology, No. 3, 2005); The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (co-authored with Scott Sheads and Donald Hickey); A Travel Guide To The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: Eighteen Tours in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (both Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010 and 2011); In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake (co-authored with Burt Kummerow, funded by the National Park Service, Chesapeake Gateways Program, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, and private funding); and Chesapeake Legends And Lore From The War of 1812 (co-authored with Scott Sheads, The History Press, 2013).

Eshelman was designated "Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard", by the National Park Service in 2009. He currently serves as a consultant to the National Park Service Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Comprehensive Management Plan. Eshelman has visited every known War of 1812 site in the Chesapeake Bay region and is considered among the leading experts on this resource base. Eshelman frequently gives lectures and conducts history tours.

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This travel guide is obviously is for aficionados of the War of 1812. It covers Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. There are specific route tours and tours within the cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, southern Maryland, the Eastern shore, Frederick, Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Petersburg, Tappahannock, Central and Tidewater Virginia and DC. Walks, biking, canoe, and boating options are described.

The maps are detailed, but if you are not familiar with the region you will probably need a more specifically comprehensive version. Many of the major modern landmarks and local highways are left out The same thing goes for food and overnight accommodations, they are not specifically described in this book.

What this book does give, in extreme features are the historical descriptions, photos from mostly the 30's are included. Background is explained and some modern side lights are included, such as `the Pride of Baltimore', Where is Edgar Allan Poe?'.
This is an particularly focused guidebook, on the War of 1812 itself. If that is your area of interest , this will be a good guide with some additional maps.
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For those interested in the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and who like to hike battlefields or trod over historic ground, this book will take care of your needs in the Chesapeake region. As the title states, this is a guide to War of 1812 events in that area of the Eastern seaboard which saw a lot of conflict, especially during the latter years, 1813-1814.
The book is arranged geographically to make it easier to plan a trip (or several) and is divided into historic route tours and city, town and regional tours. It has relevant information in it for those who want to see the sites or recreate the routes actually used by the invading British or the fleeing Americans.
The book is replete with interesting sidebars which add great tidbits of local history and is illustrated with both historic and current views of locales and homes. The maps used, however, are woefully outdated and the lack of current roads and the like are a bit of a detriment. Aside from that small issue, this book is still a useful tool for those planning trips for the bicentennial.
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By jubal1864 on December 17, 2011
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The book does a good job of laying out most of the sites within the region. It is a good book but if you buy the series "sister book", The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812) makes this book unnecesary. You would be wise to pay the extra and get the Reference guide. It is much more detailed, deals with more sites and gives you enough details to find the sites.
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Can't wait to do these driving tours! The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars was because I would have liked to have seen the historical maps next to current maps. That would have been cool.
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