We told you our exciting news earlier this week that we will have several copies of War of 1812 books available at the FGS 2016 Conference in Springfield for purchase. This fundraiser is made possible by the generosity of the historians and authors themselves.
We’ll be sharing more information about these texts in the coming days. We’re going to start with the four part series, Free Men and Dreamers by L.C. Lewis. If you are interested in making a donation to acquire these publications, stop by the Preserve the Pensions booth in the Expo Hall.
Volume 1: Dark Sky at Dawn by L. C. Lewis (Covenant Communications, 2007)
Historical fiction allows the author to share an event or time period from a different perspective. Understanding an individual’s background, culture and lifestyle may give fresh ideas as to what would have driven them to act a certain way. It is a dangerous time for America. The years following the signing of the Constitution have been riddled with British aggressions aimed at breaking the will of the young government. Trade restrictions tear at its economy while British ships attack and kidnap Americans at sea, refusing to acknowledge thier American citizenship. Washington, Franklin, and Hamilton have died. Their inspired dream is now entrusted to their aged and war-weary peers and to the succeeding generations-men and women, born in liberty, who are prepared to sacrifice their lives in its defense. But the divisive evils of greed, slavery, and class distinction cast a dark cloud over the promise WE THE PEOPLE, even as war talk rattles the governing halls. American declars a war to reconfirm her independence. . .war to protect her more perfect union: The War of 1812. Dark Sky at Dawn, based in historical fiction, tells the fascinating story of people, events, history, and spiritual reawakening that precede the compelling moment in time before the guns blazed and the light of the Restoration dawned on a new day.
Volume 2: Twilight’s Last Gleaming by L. C. Lewis (Covenant Communications, 2008)
C. Lewis continues her engaging historical fiction with Twilight’s Last Gleaming. While the cannons roar and rockets ignite American skies, disease ravages the upper Connecticut Valley. Few notice the sufferings of the families. Attentions are forced elsewhere on the Chesapeake, which guards the entrance to the infant nation’s threatened capital. It is the height of the War of 1812. As the beleaguered American forces begin to rally, Britain’s military is divided between battlefronts on two continents. Until Napoleon can be toppled and all of the crown’s resources can be diverted to the American campaign, Britain needs a tactical diversion. They attack the Chesapeake Bay! Lieutenant Jed Pearson heads to war, leaving his beloved Willows estate in the care of powerless freed slaves. But soon circumstances will blur the line between adversary and friend, family and foe, British and American. In this second volume of the epic historical series Free Men and Dreamers, witness the saga of five families caught in the tumult of the oft-forgotten war that cemented American liberty and set the stage for the great work of the Restoration.
Volume 3: Dawn’s Early Light by L. C. Lewis (Brigham Distributing, 2009)
This third volume of L. C. Lewis’s War of 1812 historical fiction epic, Free Men and Dreamers, covers the British offensive against Washington D.C. Once Napoleon is subdued, and despite the commencement of peace negotiations, Britain unleashes her triumphant European conquerors on America. And their primary target? Washington. While attentions turn to the defense of the Capital, mercenaries threaten the Winding Willows and White Oak plantations, forcing enemies to become allies, fighting side-by-side with freed slaves to defend their homes and families. Mere miles away, the Capital’s defense now rests predominantly upon citizen soldiers and a most unlikely naval force—a rag-tag fleet called the Chesapeake flotilla—and the men who built it. But Britain’s house is also divided over the war, as the cost mounts in blood and money. Experience the pain and passion of five families—American, slave and British—as they endure the three darkest days of American history—the week when Washington burned.
Volume 4: Oh, Say Can You See? by L. C. Lewis (Brigham Distributing, 2010)
Though the capital smolders, the battered Constitution and the presidency have survived. But the British left the struggling government no home. Gone are the symbols of America – the Capitol Building and the President’s House, and nearly every relic of the infant nation.
Britain’s next target is the port city of Baltimore, but has the raid on Washington stiffened the Americans’ backs? As the Willows women mourn their absent men – gone to war, or wounded, or captured – they await the birth of a blessed child. Miles away, attorney Francis Scott Key embarks on a diplomatic mission that will leave an everlasting mark on America. Proving that the pen can indeed by more powerful than the sword, Key records the fears and hopes of his embattled people. His epic poem soon set to music and titled “The Star-Spangled Banner,” rallies a shattered nation to rise from its knees to claim the dream of “one nation under God” during the closing hours of the War of 1812.
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