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A star-spangled day: Cannons recall War of 1812

Lewes celebrates 200th anniversary of British bombardment
By Ron MacArthur | Apr 13, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur The Fort McHenry Musket Drill and Fife & Drum Corps marches in downtown Lewes to 1812 Memorial Park.

The Lewes Historical Society hosted two days of special events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British bombardment of Lewistown, April 6 and 7, 1813.  For 22 hours, the tiny colonial town endured shelling from ships blockading the entrance to the Delaware Bay.

To mark the event, the Fort McHenry Guard demonstrated cannon firing April 6 at Cape Henlopen State Park while a speakers' series took place at St. Peter's Church Hall.

On April 7, the Fort McHenry Guard provided musket drills and drum-and-fife music at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, followed with a re-dedication of War of 1812 Park along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. During the ceremony, Lewes Mayor Jim Ford said the city would work with the historical society to place a marker near Blockhouse Pond, the encampment site for 1,000 soldiers stationed in Lewes during the War of 1812.

He said the weekend's events marked one of the finest moments of a proud city whose residents fought hard to protect their homes.

Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, and Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, presented a joint resolution to Lewes City Council and the historical society in honor of the event.

Russ McCabe, retired state archivist, was emcee of the event and Lt. Col. Angela Showell of the Delaware National Guard was the guest speaker.

 

Lewes commemorates bombardment bicentennial
(Video by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of the guard prepare to fire a 6-lb. iron field cannon. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
In a close-order drill, guard members fire their muskets during a demonstration April 7 at the Lewes Historical Society Complex. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Smoke and fire erupt during a noisy demonstration of the power of a 6-lb. iron field cannon. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of the Fort McHenry Guard attend a ceremony to re-dedicate 1812 Memorial Park in downtown Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Re-enactor Chris Lieberman of Baltimore answers questions about a solider's life during the War of 1812. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Guard members prepare to hoist a 15-star U.S. flag during a ceremony at 1812 Memorial Park. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Rick Manacle of Bethany Beach is dressed in traditional sailor's garb during the War of 1812. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Brian Alexander, a guard member, gets a close-up look at downtown Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dalton, left, and Dylan Mooney of Harbeson are selected to be members of the guard's cannon crew during a demonstration. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of the Fort McHenry Guard, made up of volunteers and national park rangers, marches in formation in Cape Henlopen State Park. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Guard members prepare to fire during a musket drill. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Fort McHenry Guard members show the precision and timing needed to fire a cannon of there period. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
David Cole of Severna Park, Md., is a quartermaster in the Fort McHenry Guard. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The guard used The Lewes Historical Society Complex as its demonstration site on April 7. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Guard members prepare to move a cannon. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Fort McHenry Guard members leave 1812 Memorial Park following the re-dedication ceremony. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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