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 writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the ...

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ScottyB

May 27, 2010

Really Fun Read

This was a very easy and fun read. The author chose to tell the story in a narrative form. I would highly recommend it for someone wanting a great introduction to the history surrounding the British invasion of Washington DC and their attempt to take Baltimore during the War of 1812.

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