Fort Bowyer: Last Battle of the War of 1812

The Battle of New Orleans is usually regarded as the last combat of the War of 1812, but it was not. The Battle of Fort Bowyer is now mostly forgotten, but it was the last British assault of the war, and it was fought almost two months after the war was over.


The Civil War Fort Morgan stands on the spot once occupied by Fort Bowyer

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All of my diaries here are draft chapters for a number of book series that I am working on for Red and Black Publishers. Several of these series are now available, both in paperback and as Kindle eBooks, at Amazon, and as ebooks at the Apple iBooks store. The newest are:

Hidden History 6: Another Look at Forgotten Mysteries, Oddities, and Unknown Stories From True History

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Champ: America’s Loch Ness Monster

Lying along the border between New York and Vermont (and extending a few miles into Canada) is Lake Champlain, one of the largest and deepest freshwater lakes in the northeast. It was the site of several naval and land battles in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and is celebrated now as a vacation spot, with pleasure boating and nature-viewing along its shores and the surrounding mountains. But Lake Champlain is perhaps most famous for its lake monster, known affectionately as “Champ”—America’s own homegrown version of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster.


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To Fight Another Day: The Ships From Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 was a severe blow to the US Navy, resulting in heavy damage to the fleet and the end of the battleship as the queen of the seas. But the attack was not actually as devastating as most people think: of the eight American battleships in the harbor that day, only two were permanently lost. The rest were eventually repaired, rejoined the fleet, and helped defeat the Japanese and Germans during the war. But today, of the one hundred US Navy ships that were at Oahu during the attack, only one still survives afloat.

The US Coast Guard ship Taney

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Forgotten mysteries, oddities and unknown stories from history, nature and science.