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Mick
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Greetings from London. It certainly isn't well known here, where people were a bit more concerned about Napoleon. The common view is that “The Americans think they won it, the Canadians think they won it, and we didn't know we fought it”.  Andrew Lambert recently published a book on it entitled “The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812”.  He discusses this in a podcast interview obtainable at http://www.historyextra.com/podcast-page. You might note that Lambert's version differs in tone and spin from the Wikipedia summary. There are two faint echoes here. Most of the USS Chesapeake is now said to be part of a windmill in Wickham, Hampshire; and the USS President, renamed, became the forerunner of a string of naval training establishments on the Thames for many years. There are decent Wikepedia entries on both.

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