|HISTORIAN TO LECTURE ON WAR OF 1812 AT MARITIME MUSEUM
HAMMOND – Gene Smith, professor
of early American history and director of the Center for Texas Studies
at Texas Christian University, will describe eye-witness accounts of the
War of 1812 as guest lecturer at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime
Museum in Madisonville on Wednesday, July 20.
The public is invited to
the free 7 p.m. lecture, which is titled “A bloody expedition and so much
the better: A British Midshipman Records the War of 1812 in Maine and Louisiana.”
The lecture is a special feature of the museum’s quarterly general membership
meeting, said Roy Blackwood, coordinator of Southeastern education initiatives
at the museum.
Smith, who received his
doctoral degree from Auburn University, is author or editor of a number
of books, including the recent “A British Eyewitness at the Battle of New
Orleans: The Memoir of Royal Navy Admiral Robert Aitchison, 1808-1827.”
His research focuses on politics, frontier expansion, and naval and maritime
history during the revolutionary era and early republic. He currently is
writing a textbook on American military history and a study of African
American combatants during the War of 1812.
His books also include
“Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of Manifest Destiny,” “Historical Memoir
of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-15: With an Atlas,” and
“Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821.”
For additional information
about the lecture, contact Blackwood at 985-549-2662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.