December 11, 2012

Museum wants to commission battle mural

PLATTSBURGH — The War of 1812 Museum, operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, is starting a campaign to raise $100,000 to commission a mural to commemorate the bicentennial of the battle.

The plan is to hire nationally renowned painter Dean Mosher and to have the mural ready by Sept. 11, 2014.

Mosher’s works hang in a number of museums and visitor centers, as well as at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Groton, Conn.; and the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

His most recent work, “Wilbur Wright Greets Lady Liberty,” has been accepted in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection. He served as historian general of the Naval Order of the United States for five years and has a reputation for accuracy in his work.


Mosher has traveled to Plattsburgh several times to do research, including assembling a team of scholars, historians and technical experts in 1998 to reconstruct the battle. This involved more than 5,000 square feet of scale models of the bay, as it appeared in 1814, as well as a second area for the pivotal final sequences of the action.

The map created from this effort has been used by the Naval Historical Foundation as the definitive overview of the battle.

Mosher also created more than 50 models of the vessels involved — at two different scales — to fully understand the initial approach and engagement and to more accurately replicate the precise movements and placements of the battle.


Mosher’s portrait of Commodore Macdonough, commissioned by the association, hangs in the War of 1812 museum gallery.

“We now feel that the larger work should be completed to allow present and future generations to better understand the heroic action,” Museum Manager Tammy Rock said in a news release.

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