Congreve rocket barge. Congreve rockets were used by the British in the bombardment of Lewes during the War of 1812. This weapon was the inspiration for the term "rockets red glare" in "The Star-Spangled Banner."

In an essay on Delaware's participation in the War of 1812, Chuck Fithian, curator of archaeology for the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, examines the service and sacrifice of Delawareans of 1812 to 1815, and the important role that the state played in a conflict that helped shaped the development of the United States.

Go to the following to read the essay.