The War of 1812, the ‘Forgotten War’, Subject of Feb. 3 Talk

January 11, 2013
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FREEHOLD – The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will present “The Forgotten War Along the Jersey Shore: New Jersey and the War of 1812,” a Rescheduled PowerPoint lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, presented by Robert L, Silverman, educator, lecturer and historical re-enactor.

Admission is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers.

Though not as embedded in the country’s consciousness as The American Revolution or the Civil War, the War of 1812 had vital consequences for our young nation.

British attacks on American shipping and the impressment of its seamen were major causes of the war. The general public regarded it as a “second war of independence” from Britain. New Jersey provided more than 6,000 troops for the nation’s land campaigns, but the state’s prominence in the war rested upon the naval battles that took place along its Atlantic coast.

Silverman will accompany his illustrated show with a vivid retelling of the most absorbing of these battles.

Although there were a minority of Jews at the time, a few individuals stand out: Judah Touro, businessman and philanthropist; privateer Jean Lafitte; and Uriah P Levy, who in later years was to become the first Jewish Commodore in the U. S. Navy and whose nephew L. Napoleon Levy, was a prominent Monmouth County resident.

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is located at 310 Mounts Corned Drive. It is a not-for-profit organization and is handicapped accessible.

For more information call 732-252-6990 or visit

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