ST. MICHAELS, Md. (AP) — In a story May 11 about the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two of the donors to an exhibit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum were Leslie Israel and Lesley Shook. The donors' names are Lesley Israel and Langley Shook.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Maritime museum exhibit tells War of 1812 story
Eastern Shore maritime museum tells story of the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay
The Star Democrat
ST. MICHAELS, Md. (AP) — Runaway slaves, captured women and children, British officers bestowing suspicious gifts and turncoat plantation owners trading with the enemy under a white flag — it all happened in Maryland on the Chesapeake during the War of 1812, according to a new exhibit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
"Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake" opened this weekend, beginning with a gala preview and donors party Friday evening.
Historians in St. Michaels have been waiting a long time for these dates to roll around — 2012, 2013, 2014, and a little bit of 2015.
It's the bicentennial of the War of 1812 — the war that, in a sense, put St. Michaels on the map. The Battle of St. Michaels occurred on August 10, 1813.
Details from that day have become a blend of history, myth, legend and tourism marketing that scholars are generally discouraged from unraveling.
Researchers at the Maritime Museum decided to take a different tack. They would tell the story of the War of 1812 in St. Michaels, the Chesapeake and Maryland by recounting the tales of individuals whose lives were forever changed by war.
The sources for the accounts were a collaborative effort that included the museum's Center for Chesapeake Studies, the Maryland State Archives' Legacy of Slavery in Maryland program, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Alan Taylor, and author and professor Jennifer Dorsey, Norman and Ellen Plummer, Bill Dudley and others.
They include the accounts of people like Gabriel Hall, a slave on a farm in Calvert County who escaped with two others to a British squadron moored on the Patuxent River, and eventually moved to Halifax.
Another account would be of four slaves who escaped to a British ship off Poole's Island in Kent County in 1814. The slaves led the British to an attack at Caulk's Field and the British were thrashed soundly, leading scholars to believe the slaves deliberately lied and set up an ambush.