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Ft. Leavenworth: Seven Days in September 1814: The Turning Points of the War of 1812

October 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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The British demands in mid-1814 were fierce and would have reduced the United States in size and limited its potential for expansion.  The United States had declared war on Great Britain in 1812 because the British were seizing American merchant ships and cargoes, taking crewmen into the Royal Navy involuntarily, and providing arms to Native Americans on the frontier.  However, American armies had lost battle after battle with little potential to accomplish the nation’s war goals.  The British negotiating position at Ghent was to create an Indian buffer state north of the Ohio River, take about half of Maine, and demilitarize the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.  They had captured Fort Niagara, occupied 100 miles of the coast of Maine, and burned Washington.  Then, in one week in September 1814, the U.S. defended Baltimore (its 3rd largest city) and won the battle of Plattsburgh in New York.  Two thousand soldiers besieged in Fort Erie broke out and pushed the British back 20 miles.  After that, Duke Wellington advised the British government to drop any claims for territory and negotiate a settlement.  British prospects for a decisive victory were not propitious and the war was very expensive.  The British cabinet reluctantly agreed and the treaty was signed on Christmas Eve.  The three American victories, “Seven Days in September,” were a turning point of the war and set America back on the course of greatness.

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Dr. Richard V. Barbuto

Rich was raised on the shores of Lake Erie in New York State.  Graduating from West Point in 1971, he served as an armor officer for twenty-three years in Germany, Korea, Canada, and other U.S. posts.  Rich took an early interest in military education and taught at the Armor School, ROTC at Eastern Kentucky University, the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto, and the Command and General Staff College.  He earned a Ph.D. in American History from KU and was the deputy director of the Department of Military History at CGSC for twelve years.  Rich has written several books and numerous articles on the War of 1812 and is a frequent speaker at history conferences and public venues.   Rich continues researching and writing military history; his fourth book is in the publication process with the University Press of Oklahoma.

The Ft. Leavenworth Series

The Ft. Leavenworth Series is an annual roster of lectures focusing on significant historical events, usually with an emphasis on military history. Each lecture is presented by faculty from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Established by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1881, the CGSC is the graduate college for U.S. Army and sister service officers. The esteemed faculty and guests of the CGSC provide unique and captivating insights into the history of military conflict from the ancient to the modern ages at the Dole Institute of Politics.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.


October 1
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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