The Dawn's Early Light

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JHU Press, 1994 - History - 384 pages
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Walter Lord—author of such best-sellers as A Night to Remember and A Day of Infamy—brings to life the remarkable events of what we now call The War of 1812—including the burning of Washington and the attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry that inspired the Francis Scott Key to write what would become our national anthem. Lord gives readers a dramatic account of how a new sense of national identity emerged from the smoky haze of what Francis Scott Key so lyrically called "the dawn's early light."

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations t
13
ONE Sails on the Chesapeake
19
TWO Chastise the Savages
33
THREE Face to Pace
59
FOUR Sleepless Hours
91
sEVEN Ordeal bv Fire
145
EIGHT Shock Waves
189
NINE Focus on Baltimore
227
ELEVEN Fort McHenrv
277
TWELVE Britain Struggles with Herself
301
THIRTEEN The Dawns Early Light
323
Acknowledgments
345
Chapter Notes
351
Index 37
374
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Walter Lord is the author of several best-selling works of history, including "A Night to Remember", the recreation of the sinking of the Titanic. He lives in New York City.

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