Sunday, July 21, 2013

The War of 1812 and its Publications — Picture Gallery

[38] Cartoon by William Charles (1776-1820), woodcut by Benson John Lossing (1813-91), celebrating the capture of HMS Frolic by the U.S. sloop-of-war Wasp on October 18, 1812.

by E.M Sanchez-Saavedra

“The War of 1812 has no compelling narrative that appeals to the average American. It’s just a hodgepodge of buildings burning, bombs bursting in air and paintings being saved from invaders.” — Jerald Podair
  See Part I of  The War of 1812 and its Publications HERE.

[39] “Defense of Fort M’Henry” by “a gentleman” in The Analectic Magazine, November 1814. (Altered image, showing both page-sides.)
[40] Ralph Tomlinson’s lyrics “To Anacreon, In Heaven,” upon which Francis Scott Key based his “Defense of Fort M’Henry.”
[41] The Analectic Magazine, October 1814. Major General Winfield Scott. Painted portrait by Joseph Wood (1778-1830), engraving by David Edwin (1776-1841).
[42] The Analectic Magazine, 1814. Portrait of General Zebulon Montgomery Pike by Thomas Gimbrede (1781-1832).
[43] The Analectic Magazine, 1814. David Porter Esq. of the United States Navy. Painted portrait by Joseph Wood, engraving by David Edwin.
[44] The Analectic Magazine, Volume 7, 1816. Frontispiece and title page.
[45] The Analectic Magazine, March 1816. Painted portrait of Captain Thomas Mac Donough, U.S.N. by John Wesley Jarvis (1781?-1839), engraving by Thomas Gimbrede (1781-1832).
[46] “Soldiers on a March to Buffalo” by William Charles, who traced it from an 1808 print by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) with the shorter title “Soldiers on a March.” Charles added “U.S.” markings to the men’s equipment, and speech balloons containing snippets of a popular ballad: “O say Bonny lass will you lie in a Barrack? Will you marry a soldier and carry his wallet? / O yes I will do it and think no more of it. A soldier I’ll marry and carry his wallet.”
[47] Frontispiece and title page of Potter’s Compendium. The Infantry Exercise of the United States Army, Abridged for the Use of the Militia of the United States, published by Paraclete Potter (1780-1858), Poughkeepsie, NY, 1824. A typical manual of the drill and manual of arms used by American troops from the Revolution until the 1840s.
[48-51] Pages from Potter’s Compendium, 1824, giving the commands and actions of the Infantry manual of arms.
[52] Potter’s Compendium, 1824. The uniforms shown illustrate military fashion of the period 1800-10.
[53] Lock plate detail of a militia musket made by Thomas French (1778-1862) of Canton, Massachusetts under a U.S. contract of 1808. The plate is dated 1812. This piece is typical of the firearms used during the War of 1812.
[54] Title page of a collection of official documents relative to the military and naval operations of the War of 1812, printed in Washington, D.C. in 1823.
[55] A Pamphlet on the fatal duel between Commodore James Barron (1768-1851) and Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) printed in Richmond, VA, shortly after the encounter of March 22, 1820. Decatur was one of the presiding officers at Barron’s court-martial in 1807, following his surrender of the Chesapeake to HMS Leopard. Decatur was one of his severest critics, and the two met each other at Bladensburg, Maryland with pistols. Both men were severely wounded. Barron survived, Decatur did not.
[56] A flattering biography of Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) by Samuel Putnam Waldo (1780-1826), printed in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1822. The engraved frontispiece was by Abner Reed (1771-1866) and Samuel Stiles (1796-1861) of Hartford, CT.
[57] The New-England Palladium, Boston, October 1813. A typical page of advertising during the War of 1812.
[58] Map of  “United States,” from A New and Elegant General Atlas, published in May 1812 by Thomas and Andrews of Boston, Massachusetts.
[59] “Trade and Commerce,” a design by William Marshall Craig (fl. 1788-1827), engraved by (?) Robinson. From The Self Instructor, or, Young Man’s Best Companion, published in Liverpool in 1811.

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