In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
Ralph E. Eshelman and Burton K. Kummerow. Maryland Historical Society Press and the Maryland Historical Trust Press, 2012. 270 pp. Illus. Maps. Index. $24.99.
Reviewed by Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
Part illustrated history and part tourist guide, this book serves as a capable and accessible introduction to Maryland’s role in the War of 1812. The narrative is briskly written and judicious, with visual aides to help modern visitors understand the relevant historical sites. Published by a public-private partnership that includes the National Park Service, Maryland Historical Society, Maryland Historical Trust, and Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, In Full Glory Reflected is also a useful commemorative volume that introduces what to many remains a relatively unknown conflict. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley contributed the foreword; historian Donald R. Hickey the introduction. Illustrations are by Gerry Embleton, Richard Schlecht, and Patrick O’Brien; maps by Robert E. Pratt.