Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and Star-Spangled 200, Inc., for providing financial support through the Star-Spangled 200 (SS200) Grant Program, which enables us to carry out this project.  Executive Director William Pencek and Kathi Ash, Events and Locations Coordinator, were instrumental in launching this important project.

  Historian Ralph Eshelman also provided invaluable guidance and assistance with this project.  Mr. Eshelman serves as co-chair of the Resource Stewardship and Visitor Experience Committee of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and chairs the Maryland Resource Inventory working group.  He has authored related works, including The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (co-authored with Scott Sheads and Donald Hickey) and A Travel Guide To The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: Eighteen Tours in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (both Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010 and 2011.

The Deale Area Historical Society shared important research on the events and timeline involving the War of 1812 and the British raid on Tracy’s Landing.  This excellent work was principally carried out by historian Ruth Hazen, with the able assistance of Bill Johnson.

Several other individuals deserve recognition for their assistance, including historian Scott Sheads, Park Ranger, Fort McHenry National Monument, who contributed information concerning the Kirby family and Kirby’s Windmill, and Mark Schatz and Skip Booth with the Kuethe Library in Glen Burnie, who provided research support.

The Maryland State Archives staff also facilitated and provided access to historical research.  Dr. Al Luckenbach, County Archaeologist, Anne Arundel County, and C. Jane Cox, Cultural Resource Planner, Anne Arundel County, provided invaluable direction with all aspects of this project.