The Museum of the Albemarle is pleased to present its newest exhibit, War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War. On loan to us from the National Museum of the United States Navy, the display commemorates the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812 by highlighting the prominent role of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in bringing Great Britain to the negotiating table and forcing European recognition of a truly independent United States. The exhibit tells the stories of heroic U.S. Navy crews in battles on the oceans and Great Lakes, as well as the contributions of sailors in celebrated land battles from Canada to Louisiana. The exhibit will be featured at nearly two hundred locations across the United States and Canada. For visitors with smart phones, additional content is available by scanning the QR code on each panel.
The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain from June 18, 1812 to February 17, 1815. It was sparked by conflicting maritime policies and competing western expansion along the United States-Canadian frontier. After two and a half years, the young American republic and the world’s leading superpower found themselves in a stalemate and concluded in a fair and equitable peace.
According to Dr. Edward Furgol, curator of the National Museum of the United States Navy, “The Navy played an essential role in preserving the strategic status quo that led to an unconditional peace with Britain in December 1814.” The favorable outcome greatly elevated the international standing of the United States and boosted the self-confidence of the American people at a critical time in their history.
To learn more about the Navy’s contributions to American history, visit the National Museum of the United States Navy located in the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. or visit them online at www.history.navy.mil/nmusn.