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War of 1812 Lecture at Ker Place

On April 19th, researcher Matthew Krough will host a lecture at Ker Place discussing the War of 1812 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Specifically, Krogh will cover topics including the Virginia Milita and Royal Navy, the Battle of Pungoteague, and the occupation of Tangier Island.

The Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay hosted many critical events during the War of 1812. In the summer of 1813, British ships found their way into the Chesapeake Bay. Their goal was to disrupt trade, raid farms and villages along the bay, and drain American supplies and support for the war. The British ships became more aggressive as the war went on eventually launching attacks on Washington D.C. and Baltimore in 1814.

Back on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in 1814, a battle took place on the banks of Pungoteague Creek. Details of the battle differed depending on who told the story- the British regaling their triumph while the Americans echoed their own victory. 30 of the British sailors were formerly enslaved men that joined the British seeking freedom.

Meanwhile further up the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Island was occupied by the Royal Navy. They set up a fort on the island called Fort Albion in 1814. It had a hospital, barracks, a church, gardens and livestock for food, and was where the British trained the formerly enslaved men to be sailors or sent them to colonies in the Carribbean and Canada. Today, the site is underwater.

Krogh will bring uniforms, weapons, tools, and a swivel cannon that will be fired during the talk to further illustrate the time period. 

Krogh’s passion for Eastern Shore history began in his childhood. He grew up in Onancock and graduated from Nandua High School in 2000. He received his master’s degree in history from Virginia Tech and wrote his thesis on the Eastern Shore and the Civil War. Krogh researches and reenacts several time periods including the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War II. He is a member of Churchland Lodge #276, A.F. & A.M. and serves as a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist at Ware Insurance in Virginia Beach. He currently lives in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Weather permitting, the lecture will be held in the Ker Place garden beginning at 6 p.m. If the weather is too wet or cold for the cannon to be fired, then the lecture will be held inside Ker Place. Krogh’s lecture is free to Shore History members and $5 at the door for not yet members. For more information, visit or call (757) 787-8012.

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Apr 19 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ker Place
69 Market Street
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