Portrait Gallery To Hold Symposium On War of 1812

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is joining with historians and scholars for a symposium on the War of 1812 at the National Portrait Gallery next week in Washington.

The all-day symposium Monday is a program for the ongoing exhibit, “1812: A Nation Emerges.” It focuses on the lives of individuals who shaped the War of 1812.

The symposium will feature a series of talks on notable figures, such as James Madison, the nation’s first war president; Tecumseh, a Native American warrior; U.S. naval heroes and key British generals.

Webb will discuss Andrew Jackson’s role in the war. Webb is the author of “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.”

The program will also feature historians from the University of California, Riverside, Syracuse University and the Canadian War Museum, among others.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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