"If our first struggle was that of our infancy, this last was that of our youth; and the issue of both, wisely improved, may long postpone if not forever prevent a necessity for exerting the strength of our manhood.".......James Madison


"In 1812: The Navy's War, prizewinning historian George C Daughan tells the thrilling story of how a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame spectacular odds to lead the country to victory against the world's greatest imperial power. A stunning contribution to military and national history, "1812: The Navy's War" is the first complete account in more than a century of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America's future. " ...... Perseus Books.

Aug 25, 2012

Plattsburgh, N.Y.

On Sunday, September 2, I'll be speaking at the War of 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh, NY, during the Commemorative Weekend sponsored by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association. There are many events over that weekend commemorating the Battle of Plattsburgh (also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain), which occurred on Sept 11, 1814. I hope many of you will attend. My talk will be on Sunday at 6:30.

Aug 17, 2012

C SPAN Book TV, Sunday August 19, 2012, 6 PM

Sunday, August 19, 2012 is the 200th anniversary of the historic sea battle between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere. In commemoration of this occasion CSPAN Book TV will be re- broadcasting a talk I gave in 2008 about my previous book, If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy From the Revolution to the War of 1812. The cover of If By Sea depicts the victory of Old Ironsides in this momentous struggle. Both If By Sea and my latest book, 1812:The Navy's War discuss the importance of the encounter in American history. The broadcast will be at 6:00 P.M.

Aug 7, 2012

Damariscotta, Maine, Saturday August 11

Photo courtesy of the Portsmouth (N.H.) Athenaeum.

This week I'll be at the Maine Coast Bookstore in Damariscotta, Maine. On Saturday, August 11, David Hanna and I will be discussing our books and the War of 1812 from 11-1. Should be quite interesting. Hope you can attend. We'll be answering any questions you may have.