Finding inspiration to work on Naval History is always easy. And sometimes outside events conspire to add extra enjoyment to the production of an issue of the magazine. That’s the case with our second annual War of 1812 bicentennial special.
In April the fabulous “Seas, Lakes, and Bay: The Naval War of 1812” exhibit opened at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Mahan Hall, just a short walk from the magazine’s offices. Then, just as Naval History’s editors were starting work on this issue, nearly 200 historians and history buffs converged on Annapolis, Maryland, for a three-day gathering at the Academy.