In honor of the War of 1812 and the Preserve the Pensions project, we are delighted to announce that the following authors have donated signed copies of their books that honor the history of the War of 1812. These books will be available at the upcoming FGS Conference in Springfield, IL; look for the Preserve the Pensions area as you enter the Expo Hall! Proceeds from these will go toward the continued digitization of the unique soldier’s benefit pension records, currently housed at the National Archives.
Now, to introduce our generous authors:
Donald R. Hickey, Ph.D., is “Mr. 1812.” He is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the New Yorker, Don is an award-winning author who has written eleven books and a hundred articles, mainly on the War of 1812 and its causes. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012). For promoting public understanding of the War of 1812, Don received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the USS Constitution Museum in 2013.
Bert J. Hubinger was born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, traveled the sea in search of adventures in sailing, diving on shipwrecks, and maritime history. Bert is a teacher, editor, photographer, and frequent contributor to a variety of publications. He is Director of the Annapolis Writing Center and former editor of The Journal of the War of 1812, author of Sea Drums and Other Poems, 1812: Rights of Passage, 1813: Reprisal, and the newly released 1814: Raze of Glory, the third and final published novel in his trilogy on the War of 1812.
Laurie C. Lewis is a Marylander through and through. Surrounded by the rich local history of Maryland, D.C., and famous War of 1812 treasures like Fort McHenry, Laurie has found much inspiration. God, family, and country are her anchors and the themes of her books, designed to lift and inspire readers. The Free Men and Dreamers, a five-volume series of historical fiction novels, begins with Dark Sky at Dawn to introduce the history of the nation and its people in the uncertain years just before the War of 1812. Laurie continues her tremendously powerful stories of a country unsettled by war in Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Dawn’s Early Light, Oh, Say Can You See?, and In God Is Our Trust. More information on Laurie can be found at http://www.laurielclewis.com/.
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