Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
A Trifling, Tedious Distraction: British Attitudes to the War of 1812 and their impact on New Orleans and the Southern Campaign
For a complete view of the later years of the War of 1812, from the capture of Washington to the Battle of New Orleans, it is vital to understand the political and military position of the British government whose efforts remained firmly focused on Napoleon and the consequences of his European campaigns. This presentation introduces the key players in British policy making and summarizes the circumstances that drove Britain to seek a quick end to the war with America while remaining firm in their demand for a status quo ante bellum settlement.
S. A. Cavell received her MA in History from LSU and her PhD in maritime history from the University of Exeter in the UK where she received the Exeter Research Fellowship. Her publications include Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, and contributions to The Battle of New Orleans Reconsidered, and the U.S. Naval Academy's New Directions in Naval History. Sam has appeared in historical documentaries for National Geographic and lectured at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Texas A&M Galveston, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and Oxford University.