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Citadel News Service
28 Jan 2013

Citadel draws renowned historians for War of 1812 bicentennial symposium

USS_Constitution_v_HMS_Guerriere

The first victory at sea by the USS Constitution over the
HMS Guerrier. Painting by Anton Otto Fischer.

The Citadel, in partnership with the Old Exchange Building, will sponsor a historical symposium marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013.  The program is open to the public and will take place in the Great Hall of the Old Exchange Building. 

Registration may be completed online or by e-mailing or calling the Old Exchange Building at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (843) 727-2165.  Space is limited, and there is a $10 registration fee to reserve a seat. 

Organized by Citadel History Professors Don Hickey, David Preston and Amanda Mushal, the symposium will feature the most distinguished historians of the War of 1812 from the United States and Canada—Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor; J.C.A. Stagg, editor of the James Madison Papers; R. David Edmunds, the leading authority on Native American participation in the war; New York University cultural historian Nicole Eustace; and Canada’s most accomplished military historian, Donald E. Graves.

“The symposium is bringing together some of the world’s foremost authorities on the War of 1812,” said Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Bo Moore, “and it promises to be a fascinating event that enhances our understanding of the enduring significance of this understudied conflict.”

The interactive symposium aims to create a better public understanding of the enduring significance of the War of 1812, including its political origins, its military and cultural dimensions, the participation of Indian nations, and its legacies for the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.  It will conclude with a panel discussion, book signing and reception.