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HMS Albion


74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. Launched: 17 June 1802.   Broken up:  1836 Class and type: Fame-class ship of the line Tons burthen: 1740 Length: 175 ft (gundeck) Beam: 47 ft 6 in Depth of hold: 20 ft 6 in Sail plan: Full rigged ship Crew: 567:   36 officers   434 men   […]

The American Way of War

  With the piquets [sentries], again, it fared even worse. For the outposts of an army to sleep is at all times considered as a thing impossible; but in modern and civilized warfare they are nevertheless looked upon as in some degree sacred. Thus, whilst two European armies remain inactively facing each other, the outposts […]

How to Defeat America – A British view

In researching “Forgotten Adventures of Dolley Madison” I noticed that every book covering the burning of Washington City  and the invasion of New Orleans had many references to a book written by the Chaplain General of the British Army (Rev. G. R. Gleig) about his adventures as a Lieutenant with the British Infantry.   The very […]

Constitutional Amendments (1814)

AMENDMENT XI The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State. Passed by Congress March 4, 1794.  Ratified February 7, 1795 […]

The Bill of Rights

Note: The first ten amendments to the US Constitution were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”   They were inspired by Virginia delegate George Mason, who left the Constitutional Convention in disgust, declaring the new Constitution had no declaration of rights. When James Madison drafted the amendments to […]

Constitution of the United States

Adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish […]

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

August 1814 – British invade Washington

On 11 April 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as the ruler of France.  The war against Napoleon had been Great Britain’s main effort.  With Napoleon gone, Britain focused their effort on America, and considered two targets, located forty miles apart, on opposite sides of the Patuxent river:  Baltimore, Maryland  and Washington City. Baltimore was a rich […]

Girandoni Air Rifle

Overview. The Girandoni Air Rifle was a .46 caliber, tubular-magazine-fed, air-powered rifle that could fire 22 shots within a minute, each shot as accurate and lethal as black-powder muskets of the day.  Can you say Assault Rifle? The butt-stock was a removable compressed air tank, and could fire 40+ shots before needing to be replaced.  […]

Voyages of the Steam Boat Enterprise

The Steam Boat Enterprise. Built in 1814 at Brownsville, PA. 75 tons displacement, about 40 tons cargo capacity. The first steamboat to journey up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from New Orleans, LA to Pittsburgh, PA to Brownsville, PA. It participated in the defense of New Orleans, making it the first use of a steam powered ship in battle.