On the 18th of June 1812, President James Madison and the U.S. Congress officially declared war on Great Britain. The decision to wage a “second war of American Independence” agaisnt our old mother country did not come easily, but it was motivated by years of escalating tension between the two nations. During the following two-and-one-half years, the United States saw miltary action in several theaters—on the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake River, and New Orleans. But what happened in Charleston? Did the effects of the war have a significant impact on daily life here in the Palmetto City? To answer these questions, I will be presenting a program here at the Charleston County Public Library on June 18th 2012—the bicentennial of Madison’s declaration of war—entitled “Charleston during the War of 1812.” Please join us at CCPL for a fascinating discussion of local military preparations, fortification building, and privateering in Charleston between 1807 and 1815.
- Date: Monday, June 18th
- Place: CCPL main branch, 68 Calhoun Street
- Time: 6:30 p.m.
- For more information, call Dr. Nic Butler at 843-805-6968 or email butlern[at]ccpl.org