James N. Gibson – A War Without Rifles: The 1792 Militia Act and the War of 1812

March 6, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to the earliest days of the United States, to what’s sometimes called the Second War of independence: The War of 1812. For the first time in this fight against Great Britain, Congress used the Constitution’s power to declare war, and for the last time, the men doing the fighting supplied their own weapons — an idea that seems incredible today, where the term “militia” itself is given very different connotations than national defense. Our guest is James N. Gibson, and his book is, A War without Rifles: The 1792 Militia Act and the War of 1812. Mr. Gibson was born into the U.S. space program through his father, and is himself an Aerospace Engineer. His resume features time with such giants in the field as Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, as well as work on the International Space Station and Space Shuttle programs. His previous books include Nuclear Weapons of the United States: An Illustrated History, and The Navaho Missile Project: The Story of the “Know-How” Missile of American Rocketry. You can learn about these and his other works at JNGibson.com, or follow him on Twitter @JNGibson55. And for more…

John McCavitt, Christopher T. George – The Man Who Captured Washington

March 14, 2016 – Today, our time machine touches down on one of America’s darkest days: The capture of Washington, DC, and the burning of the White House, Capitol Building and a other public buildings. The man who lit the match? British Major General Robert Ross. A horseman, prankster, loving husband and daring commander who served under Wellington, Ross has fallen into obscurity over the two centuries since the War of 1812. But with the bicentennial, two authors have resurrected the tale of a man they describe as a “reluctant arsonist.” John McCavitt is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and neighbor of Ross in Rostrevor (a town in Northern Ireland originally owned by the Ross family), and Baltimore’s Christopher T. George, Vice President of the 1812 Consortium and founding editor of the Journal of the War of 1812. McCavitt and George are co-authors of, The Man Who Captured Washington: Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812. You can follow them on Twitter @John_McCavitt and @CThompsonGeorge, or visit TheManWhoCapturedWashington.com. We decided to air this episode the week of St Patrick’s Day, to honor the huge numbers of Irishmen who fought on both the British and the American…