Eastern Shore 1812 Consortium
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Don Hickey

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Don Hickey is considered one of the foremost American authorities on the War of 1812. A professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska, he is primarily interested the history of the early republic, particularly the War of 1812 and its causes. 

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Don's first book The War of 1812:  A Forgotten Conflict, received the National Historical Society Book Prize and the American Military Institute Best Book Award, and has long been considered the standard American treatment of the conflict.  He has published two other books on the war:  The War of 1812:  A Short History, and Don’t Give Up the Ship:  Myths of the War of 1812. Publisher’s Weekly said this about the latter book: "War making and mythmaking go hand in hand in Hickey's analysis of the misconceptions, embellishments and falsehoods that continue to shape Americans' views of the War of 1812. . . . This richly textured model of historical revisionism . . . confirms Hickey's status as a leading scholar of the early national period."  Don has four other books on the war under way.

Don Hickey may be contacted for public lectures and conferences at:
Wayne State College
1111 Main Street - Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 1(402)375-7298 - Fax: 1(402)375-7458 - Email: dohicke1@wsc.edu

LESSON PLAN opening in 2012

Teacher Section
Teachers, this section of the website will enable you to download lesson plans, course materials, and other useful educational resources for your students to learn more about the War of 1812 historical events that took place on Maryland's Eastern shore.
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Brought to you by the Office of Tourism for the following Eastern Shore Maryland Counties:
Home to the British 1813 encampment on the Eastern Shore, skirmishes and attacks on Queenstown and Centreville.
Home to the attack on St. Michael’s and the home of John Leeds Kerr who initially led a regiment in the war and later became the Adjutant General responsible for recovering all payments to Maryland Militia and Privateers for expenses and losses.
Home to Caulk's Field (Aug 31, 1814) five miles west of Chestertown, one of America's best preserved War of 1812 battlefields says 1812 historian/author Scott Sheads.
Home of West Denton’s Old Harford Town Maritime Center and in 1811 the Eastern Shore’s first moveable bridge across the Choptank River.
Home to Taylor’s Island--Battle of the Ice Mound--and the single best documentation of War of 1812 Veterans burial documentation.