War of 1812 War College: Advance Notice
- Greetings all:
After a long absence from this forum, I am posting one-year notice
of the War of 1812 War College scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2009.
The Fort La Présentation Association of Ogdensburg, NY is hosting
what is hoped to be the first of many annual colleges.
Doug Cubbison, a member of the Association board of directors and
Command Historian for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY,
has been the principle developer of this event.
The "college" will be at the National Register of Historic
Places "Freighthouse Restaurant" in Ogdensburg, located on part of
the 1812 battlefield, and immediately adjacent to the Fort de la
Présentation (1749-1759) archaeological site.
I know a number of you have participated in the annual February
reenactment in O'burg hosted by Forsyth's Rifles.
Those of you familiar with the Freighthouse may not know the
warehouse section on the west side has been transformed into a
Participants' registration fee (approx.$50) will include the cost of
a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and sit-down supper.
Dr. Timothy Abel
Dr. Gary Gibson
Major John R. Grodzinski
Mr. Donald E. Graves
Dr. Timothy Abel has a PhD in Archaeology, and is currently the
Executive Director of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Dr.
Abel is also the President of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield
Alliance. Dr. Abel has performed extensive archaeological
investigations at various sites of the War of 1812 in northern New
York. He will speak on the Archaeology of the War of 1812, and
specifically discuss how historic archaeology can cooperate
academically with more traditional historic research (archival and
cartographic) to enhance our understanding of a wide and diverse
range of study topics from the War of 1812.
Dr. Gibson currently serves as a Board Member of the Sackets Harbor
Battlefield Alliance, and is intimately involved with other historic
preservation and educational/interpretive/commemorative initiatives
in Sackets Harbor and Jefferson County. Dr. Gibson will be talking
about naval operations on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.
Major John R. Grodzinski, MA, FINS is a serving Officer with the
Canadian Forces, and is currently assigned as a member of the
Department of History at the Royal Military College at Kingston,
where he is also a doctoral candidate. His dissertation will examine
British strategy during the War of 1812. Major Grodzinski will be
the keynote speaker, and he will provide an overview of the War of
1812 on the Upper St. Lawrence River (between Montreal and
Kingston). This theater of the War had the most direct effects upon
northern New York State, and Eastern Ontario.
Mr. Donald E. Graves is a widely published military historian, who
currently owns and operates his own historic preservation consulting
firm. Professionally educated at the University of Saskatchewan in
Saskatoon, Mr. Graves has previously served as a historian for the
National Historic Sites Branch of Parks Canada, the National
Archives of Canada and the Canadian Forces. Mr. Graves will speak
on "Forgotten Soldiers: The Regular US Army and the War in the
North, 1812-1815." This lecture will focus upon the contributions
of the Regular U.S. Army, particularly the soldiers stationed at
Sackets Harbor (future Madison Barracks).
That's the gist of it to date. More information will follow and be
posted on the Fort La Présentation Association web site:
(Bruce's older, greyer brother)
- Please note the date correction
The War of 1812 War College scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2009 in