The 24th Annual
War of 1812 in the West
The Old St. Louis Courthouse, NPS
Was held on March 22 -23 2014
Saturday March 22
9:00 A.M. Opening Comments
9:10 A.M. “The Empire Strikes Back! The Battle of Plattsburgh.” Richard Barbuto, Ph.D., Professor, Deputy Director Military History, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, author of Long Range Guns, Close Quarter Combat: The Third United States Artillery Regiment in the War of 1812, (Old Fort Niagara Association, 2010; Niagara 1814: America Invades Canada, (University Press Kansas, 2000) & numerous articles.
10:00 A.M. “On the Canada Line: The 1st U.S. Infantry Regiment at Lundy’s Lane, 25 July 1814.” David Bennett, Independent Scholar, author of “First Regiment of United States Infantry at Lundy’s Lane, 25 July 1814,” Military Collector & Historian Journal, 2014; “A New Perspective on the Last Days of Fort Madison,” Journal of the War of 1812, 2009 & other articles.
11:00 A.M. “The St. Louis Company of Volunteer Artillerists.” Douglass Harding, Park Ranger, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, NPS, St. Louis, Missouri.
12:00 P.M. Lunch Break
1:00 P.M. “Who’s in Charge Here?” Command Confusion in the Northwest, 1811-1815. Gillum Ferguson, Lawyer, author of Illinois in the War of 1812 (University of Illinois Press, 2012), & numerous other historical and legal articles.
2:00 P.M. “The Missouri Territory in 1814: The Ill-fated Mississippi River Campaigns.” Michael Harris, MA., Educator, editor of The Despatch; Contributor to the Encyclopedia of The War of 1812, 2012; Chairmen of the Missouri State War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee.
3:00 P.M. “More than the Cottonbalers...The Regular Army on the Mississippi, 1810-1815.” Hal Youmans, Colonel, USA, Retired, Contributor Encyclopedia of the War of 1812, 2012; Past Editor of the Journal of the War of 1812, author of numerous articles on the War of 1812.
4:00 P.M. “St. Louis during the War of 1812,” Robert Moore, Ph.D. Historian, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, Missouri, author of Lewis & Clark, Tailor Made, Trail Worn (Farcountry Press: 2003).
Sunday March 23
09:00 A.M. Opening Comments
09:10 A.M. James Baytop, Veteran of the War of 1812. Bill Jordan, MS., Lt. Col., USAF, Ret., Department of the Air Force, US Strategic Command, frequent lecturer on U.S. Cavalry history, & 30 year veteran living historian.
10:00 A.M. Major Alexander’s Battalion: United States Volunteers in the Northwest Army. Bruce Egli. Independent Scholar retired Librarian, Living History presenter since 1969, author of “Major Alexander’s Battalion,” The Journal of the War of 1812, 2014.
11:00 A.M. Red Stick: The Creek War of 1813-1814 Michael Dickey. 27 year veteran with
Missouri Natural Resources, Administrator Arrow Rock Missouri State Historic Site & Sappington Cemetery & Boones Lick Historic Site; author of
People of the Rivers Mouth: In Search of the Missouria Indians, (University Press Missouri) 2011; Arrow Rock: Crossroads of the Missouri Frontier, (Friends of Arrow Rock Press) 2004.
12: PM 24th Annual War of 1812 in the West Symposium concludes.
1:00 PM Guided Tour of the Old Courthouse by Douglas Harding.
Displays include: “Military Manuals of the War of 1812” by David Bennett & “Sergeant’s Swords 1790-1812” by Steve Luecke & “Uniforms and equipment of the War of 1812,” by Bill Jordan.
Special thanks to Douglass Harding and the National Park Service.
No registration or fee is required, open to the public.
Parking on Saturday at the Kiener East Parking Garage, is $5 a day. The entrance is on Pine Street between Broadway and 6th Street, just across from the Courthouse. Parking on Sunday is free on the meters.
Future War of 1812 in the West Symposium dates and locations: 21-22 March 2015, Historic Fort Osage, Sibley, Missouri, The 25th Annual Symposium. 26-27 March 2016, Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Arrow Rock, Missouri.
Hotels: There a many hotels and motels available in the St. Louis Metro area. The Pear Tree Inn at Union Station has provided the War of 1812 in the West Symposium with a special discounted rate. A rate of $99 for single, and $109 for double occupancy, plus taxes, for March 22 2014, for two nights, booked prior to February 22 2014. Please see the attachment for a link to the hotel.