The Dawn's Early Light

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In the summer of 1814, enemy naval and ground forces made a coordinated assault on Washington, DC, capital of the new republic, and then set their sights on Baltimore, home port to some of the most rapacious American privateers on the high seas. In The Dawn's Early Light, Walter Lord captures these events during the War of 1812.

A native Baltimorean, Lord wrote with great force and feeling of the subsequent defense of Fort McHenry, the circumstances of Francis Scott Key?s ...

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Overview

In the summer of 1814, enemy naval and ground forces made a coordinated assault on Washington, DC, capital of the new republic, and then set their sights on Baltimore, home port to some of the most rapacious American privateers on the high seas. In The Dawn's Early Light, Walter Lord captures these events during the War of 1812.

A native Baltimorean, Lord wrote with great force and feeling of the subsequent defense of Fort McHenry, the circumstances of Francis Scott Key’s writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the rebirth of a young country. Students consider this book to be one of the best short narratives of the Chesapeake campaign.

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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.

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.

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)
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421405476
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2012
  • Series: Maryland Paperback Bookshelf
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,436,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (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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    Posted February 11, 2013

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    She sits in the shadows grining her goofy grin

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    Sad. One day I came home from school and my fish Kendall was dead. Fair enough, he was 3 years old(old for a fish) and he had a tumor.

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