The British brought war to the Chesapeake region in 1813 and 1814. The Campaign of 1814 was a significant period because the British occupied our nation's capital after the American defeat at the Battle of Bladensburg, but were repulsed during the Battle for Baltimore. The events of the campaign are significant to American history because of their pivotal effect on the outcome of the War of 1812 and their effect on far-reaching aspects of American society, including the nation's identity.
The Chesapeake Bay Region
Maryland During the Early Years of the War
Assault on Washington DC
Battle of Baltimore
Significance of the Chesapeake Campaign
From the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement,
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, Northeast Region, March 2004.