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Portrait Gallery to hold symposium on War of 1812

Friday - 10/26/2012, 11:21am  ET

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.


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