We Civil War types have our faces turned towards Manassas anticipating the next “big” event of our 150th anniversary observances. Some out there are just giddy with anticipation, unable to wait for the 150th Gettysburg. But another set of anniversary observances will overlap the Civil War 150th – the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Yes, the War of 1812. You know…. Star Spangled Banner and Battle of New Orleans. Gotta love a war set to music!
In all seriousness, not much has hit the news cycle about these observances. Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and the District of Columbia all have War of 1812 Bicentennial committees or commissions. The National Park Service has expanded it’s Star Spangled Banner Trail website. I know Maryland already has a tour trail linking sites related to the war. Virginia has such a program in the works. However New York cancelled their plans for a commission due to budget constraints.
Even Ontario, is in on the celebration.
Many localities, such as St. Marys, Georgia, have posted web sites focused on 1812 related observances. Louisiana has a “Battle of New Orleans” commission and plans a big “kick off” – but no web site as of yet. The US Navy History and Heritage Command has a program, which I would compare favorably to the command’s Civil War observance efforts. I am told the U.S. Army Center of Military History is working up their program. (I hear the Air Force is searching museums and boneyards for some of their aircraft that might have fought in the war….)
There’s also a War of 1812 Bicentennial Network page on Facebook.
Interesting to compare the Civil War 150th participation, by state, with that of the War of 1812 200th. Perhaps even more interesting might be a comparison of the nature of the public observances.
So make room in your calendars!