The Dawn's Early Light / Edition 1

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Overview

It was the summer of 1814. Torn by internal conflict, plagued by an empty treasury, embittered by the human cost of war that couldn't be won, the United States seemed on the verge of collapse. Yet within a few months America was again safe and at peace, her people unified, her economy mending. The turning point in this amazing reversal of fortune is the story of this book.
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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
Appealing to students of early American history and especially those with an interest in the mid-Atlantic states, this reprint of the 1972 original work on the War of 1812 provides a compelling narrative of the political and military strategy surrounding the battles in the Chesapeake bay in 1814.
Booknews
Reprint of the respected Norton edition of 1972, on the War of 1812. Now printed on non-acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Captain's Locker
One of the very best books on the War of 1812 ever written.

— Blaine Taylor

The Lone Star Book Review

This reissue of The Dawn's Early Light celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore. Scott S. Sheads, a National Park Service ranger and specialist on the event, introduces the book, which will remain a popular favorite for years to come.

Captain's Locker - Blaine Taylor
One of the very best books on the War of 1812 ever written.
Lone Star Book Review
This reissue of The Dawn's Early Light celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore. Scott S. Sheads, a National Park Service ranger and specialist on the event, introduces the book, which will remain a popular favorite for years to come.
H-War, H-Net Reviews - Dave Burford
Compelling and often riveting, The Dawn’s Early Light employs a journalistic style that imparts facts while retaining a sense of sensationalism and dramatic color.
Baltimore City Paper
Still the best account available of the two key battles of the War of 1812... brings the 1814 battles around Washington and Baltimore to life, making them seem terrifying and critical, as they must have seemed to Marylanders at the time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801848643
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Maryland Paperback Bookshelf Series
  • Edition description: 20
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Lord (1917–2002) was an American author best known for his documentary-style nonfiction account A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Scott S. Sheads is a National Park Service Ranger/Historian at Fort McHenry.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 11
Foreword 13
1 Sails on the Chesapeake 19
2 "Chastise the Savages" 33
3 Face to Face 59
4 Sleepless Hours 91
5 Time Runs Our 101
6 Bladensburg 123
7 Ordeal by Fire 145
8 Shock Waves 189
9 Focus on Baltimore 227
10 North Point 259
11 Fort McHenry 277
12 Britain Struggles with Herself 301
13 "The Dawn's Early Light" 323
Acknowledgments 345
Chapter Notes 351
Index 371
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