I have developed a major website on the capture of Washington by British forces in 1814 with the assistance of colleagues in the USA, including the Curator of the White House. See
This website has been permanently archived by the British Library.
As a school teacher I am hoping to work along with colleagues in America with a view to developing a research project into the events of 1814 on a transnational basis, utilising new technologies and sharing teaching resources, including primary documents.
Along with Mr Chris George from Baltimore I am curently co-writing a book on the career of General Robert Ross from my home village of Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland, the man who captured Washington in 1814, burning the White House and the Capitol and other public buildings. His death at North Point near Baltimore was a 'key' factor influencing Francis Scott Key when he wrote the Star Spangled Banner. Many of the troops which Ross led were also Irishmen while many on the American side fighting against him were likewise Irishmen or of Irish descent.
My previous work was on Irish history, specifically on The Flight of the Earls - see www.theflightoftheearls.net
Ironically, when the Madisons fled Washington before the advancing British some writers have since called it 'The Flight of the Madisons'.
I look forward to interested parties corresponding with me.
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