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Navy Ships to Commemorate Detroit's Part in the War of 1812

Two hundred years after Detroit surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, the city's riverfront will host a weeklong gala (Sept. 5- 10) which will include a replica tall ship, and four military ships. It was on August 16, 1812 that Gen. William Hull, commander of Fort Detroit, surrendered after being led to believe that the British forces across the river in Windsor were much larger than they actually were. After the war, he was court-martialed for his actions and sentenced to death, but was pardoned by President James Monroe because of Hull's service in the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the riverfront can expect to see the US Brig Niagara, the USS De Wert, the USS Huricane, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay. The original USS Niagara was Adm. Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship during the War of 1812. The current ship was rebuilt in 1913, 1933 and 1988. Other planned events include concerts and a Red WIng alumni versus Navy personnel softball game.

The British Army at Mackinac, 1812-1815 by Brian Leigh Dunnigan; illustrated by Eric Manders

The burning of Washington: the British invasion of 1814 by Anthony S. Pitch

The dawn's early light by Lord, Walter, 1917-2002

The flag, the poet & the song: the story of the Star- Spangled Banner by Irvin Molotsky

HMS Detroit: the battle for Lake Erie by Robert Malcomson, Thomas Malcomson

Michigan in the War of 1812 by Hamil, Fred C. (Fred Coyne), 1903-1968

Mr. and Mrs. Madison's war: America's first couple and the second war of independence by Hugh Howard

Patriotic fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans by Winston Groom