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Lecture on the War of 1812 
General Event Information
Event Category:
free and open to the public  
Dates and Times:
June 28, 11:30AM-1:00PM; (end time is an estimate)

The Western Illinois Museum, in partnership with the Heritage Days Committee, is pleased to host Dr. Richard Barbuto who will present, “The Battle of Plattsburgh.” The lecture will be held following the Heritage Day Parade, and will be held at the Western Illinois Museum.

Dr. Barbuto is a recognized scholar and speaker on the War of 1812. The talk will explore two of the war’s heroes, General Alexander Macomb and Commodore Thomas McDonough. Both generals left a legacy of clever military strategy that fostered pride in our young country as they fought what was often called the second war of independence with Britain. General Alexander Macomb and his men were recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal in 1814 for their “gallantry and good conduct, in defeating the enemy at Plattsburg.” With the bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh approaching, the program offers a rare opportunity to hear an accomplished historian speak about events that set in motion the development of West Central Illinois.

Richard Barbuto is professor and deputy director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a twenty-three year veteran of the U.S. Army. He was awarded a doctorate in American history from the University of Kansas in 1996. He has authored a number of articles on the War of 1812, as well as the publication, Niagara 1814: America Invades Canada.

The program has been organized by the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Heritage Days Committee.
Venue Information
201 South Lafayette Street  
Zip Code:
United States 
309 837 2750 
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