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War of 1812 at 200: The Chesapeake Afire

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This week in 1814 saw British forces win a victory at Bladensburg before burning Washington, DC.  Continuing north, they next attacked Baltimore.  Held at North Point and unable to overcome Fort McHenry, they were ultimately forced to withdraw.  

War of 1812 - The Chesapeake Campaign
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World War II: USS Kentucky (BB-66)

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World War II: Battle of Empress Augusta Bay

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World War II: USS Wisconsin (BB-64)

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World War II: USS New Jersey (BB-62)

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American Civil War: Lieutenant General John M. Schofield

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World War II: USS Alabama (BB-60)

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