Featuring Stephen C. O’Neill’s Current Research on Protecting Plymouth Harbor in the War of 1812: A Year’s Watch at the Gurnet Fort
This presentation tells the story of a full year at the Gurnet Fort, from October 1812 to September 1813, based on the collection of original manuscript letters of Lt. Ebenezer Simmons and official wartime documents at the Hanover Historical Society. O’Neill is the Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society and author of The Life of Peregrine White.
England was not happy that the emerging United States industry was thriving more than that of the British Empire a few decades following England’s defeat in the Revolutionary War. England and its allies threatened our trading ports along the Atlantic coast with their powerful Navy.
Learn how the new United States military prepared its defenses to guard against attack by reactivating Fort Gurnet, first built in 1776 at Plymouth harbor. (During the Civil War this fort was renamed Fort Andrew). Learn how local men sacrificed to serve as cannoneers protecting threats to Plymouth commerce in 1813.
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