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  • Tudor Place Family Hero: George Peter and the War of 1812
    September 12, 2016
    In the state of Maryland, every September 12 is Defenders Day, commemorating a crucial American victory in the War of 1812. The Battle of Fort McHenry helped reverse American losses and also inspired a British prisoner’s poem that became our national anthem. It also recalls a hero with ties to Tudor Place who, less than a month before, had defied U.S. Army ...
  • Star Spangled Banner: Road to Recovery
    January 1, 2015
    By Tudor Place Archivist Wendy Kail As with all historic events that have captured the public imagination, the story of the birth of the national anthem reflects that there is truth in legend and legend in truth. The gallant defense of Fort McHenry in Baltimore under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armistead (1780-1818) began on ...
  • A Yale Man at Tudor Place: From the Archive
    July 9, 2014
    · Historic Events · Yale University’s graduating class of just over 300 men in 1820 included John Parke Custis Peter, a son of founders Martha and Thomas Peter and a great-grandson of Martha Washington. His Yale affiliation may explain (or may have resulted from) his parents’ interest in the writings of 18th-century Federalist, theologian, and education ...
  • War of 1812: Friends, Family, and the Star-Spangled Banner
    December 9, 2013
    · Historic Events · The War of 1812 finds its voice in the accounts of two people closely tied to Tudor Place, founder Martha Custis Peter and her brother-in-law, Major George Peter, in an essay by Archivist Wendy Kail. And a hero of the war’s patriotic “messaging,” Star-Spangled Banner poet and lyricist Francis Scott Key, comes into focus ...
  • Tudor Place and the Civil War Home Front
    December 8, 2013
    · Historic Events · In original research, Archivist Wendy Kail describes the travails and business operations of Britannia Peter Kennon, Tudor Place’s second owner, when she navigated between the threats of the North against her beloved South, working to save her family’s estate from confiscation and penury during the Civil War. The essay for the ...
  • Peter Cousins Hanged as Confederate Spies
    December 7, 2013
    · Historic Events · “The boldness of their conduct made their flimsy subterfuges almost successful.” In one of the Civil War’s murkier incidents, two Confederate officers infiltrating a Union Army camp in Tennessee in the summer of 1863 were discovered as they left and promptly hanged, as described soon after in a first-hand account in Harper’s ...
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