Author to Discuss New Book: Havre de Grace in the War of 1812: Fire on the Chesapeake

HeidiBookFrom Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

Date:  April 10, 2013.  7pm-8pm

Presented By:  Heidi Glatfelter author of Havre de Grace in the War of 1812:  Fire on the Chesapeake

In the early morning hours of May  3, 1813, British Rear Admiral George Cockburn launched a brutal attack on the  city of Havre de Grace, Maryland. Without mercy for age or infirmity, the British troops plundered  and torched much of the town. It was the  beginning of the Chesapeake Campaign of  the War of 1812, and it would only end with the burning  of the capital and the failed siege of Baltimore. Author Heidi Glatfelter traces the attack and the response of the residents of Havre de Grace—from the bravery  displayed by John O’Neill, who was taken  prisoner by the British, to quick-thinking citizens such as Howes Goldsborough, who found  ways to save their homes and those of their neighbors from total destruction.  Join Glatfelter as she reveals the stories of a town under siege and a  community determined to rebuild in the aftermath.

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