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ISBN 0-9747685-2-9

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Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Featured in the November issue of Chesapeake Life Magazine.

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Author: David Healey
Original Title from Bella Rosa Books

From the creation of The Star-Spangled Banner to Uncle Sam, the War of 1812 left a lasting legacy. The true story of that war is largely forgotten today. This book explores America's Second War of Independence in the Chesapeake Bay region from today's perspective. Along the way you will meet War of 1812 re-enactors, salty sailors aboard the Pride of Baltimore II, archaeologists and backyard historians, and even a man who makes his living portraying President James Madison. Visit Fort McHenry, tour Baltimore's Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and dig for artifacts on remote battlefields. In a journey that's part history, part travelogue—with a few current events mixed in—rediscover the lively past of the War of 1812 as it comes to life once again.

1812, past and present
"The times in these parts has been troublesome. Our waters have been polluted with the English since last spring and are yet."
Militia Captain Andrew Hall, defender of Elkton

"The ruins of Havre de Grace shall stand as a monument to British cruelty . . . The villain-deed has roused the honest indignation of every man - no one pretends to justify or excuse it. It has knit the people into a common bond for vengeance."
—Niles Weekly Register newspaper

"I cannot tell you what I felt on re-entering it. Such destruction—such confusion."
Dolley Madison on the burning of Washington

"I immediately called the attention of the Admiral to the fact that they were about to burn up a human being and that a woman, and I pleaded with him to make his men put the fire out."
Kitty Knight, heroine of the Burning of Georgetown

"When visitors come here they really don't know what to expect and they are pleasantly surprised. It's a national treasure."
—Fort McHenry National Park Ranger Vincent Vaise

"Admiral Cockburn was a real cocky guy and he thought he could defeat us on the Chesapeake Bay but he did not. They came over here and attacked us and they were driven back! We won this war!"
Fran Moore, past national president of the Daughters of 1812


"David Healey loves history, but you don't have to be a buff to enjoy his latest book ... No mere recounting of this mostly overlooked war, Healey's collection of profiles introduces the present-day folks and places that best tell the tale of this struggle."

"A new non-fiction work so engaging it almost reads like fiction . . . All in all, 1812 ia a worthy addition to any Delmarva bookshelf."
—Marah Coleman, Delmarva Quarterly

About the Author:
David Healey was born in Baltimore and developed an interest in history while growing up on a Maryland farm visited by J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry on the road to Gettysburg in 1863. A graduate of Washington College, he works as a newspaper editor. He has written articles on historical topics for American History, The Washington Times and Blue & Gray. He is also the author of three Civil War novels. He lives with his wife and two children along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Cecil County, Maryland.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Talk on “Rediscovering the War of 1812”
Bulle Rock Community Center
Havre de Grace, MD

Friday, June 6, 2008, 6 - 9 p.m.
Book signing as part of river town's First Fridays events
Washington Street Books
131 N. Washington Street
Havre de Grace, MD

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Canal Day book signing
The Shops at 200 Bohemia Avenue
Chesapeake City, MD

Friday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Book signing as part of river town's First Fridays events
Washington Street Books
131 N. Washington Street
Havre de Grace, MD

Author: David Healey
Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
5.5" x 8.5" Trade Paper
208pp; Retail $14.00US

ISBN 0-9747685-2-9
LCCN 2005926128

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