Join us for a vivid account of the most dramatic series of events in American history, including the flight of President Madison, the capture and torching of the White House and the Capitol, the epic defense of Fort McHenry, the birth of the national anthem, and the stunning American victory at New Orleans.
Anthony S. Pitch is the author of a number of books including the recently published “They Have Killed Papa Dead!” – The Road to Ford’s Theatre, Abraham Lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance, described by Harold Holzer, co-chairman of the U.S. Commission on Lincoln’s Bicentennial, as “a perfect storm of a book.” Publisher’s Weekly hailed it as “a real page-turner…No reader will come away unmoved.” The book received the Arline Custer Memorial Prize for best book of 2009 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.
Another of his books, The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, was a selection of the History Book Club, winner of the Arline Custer Memorial Prize for best book of 2001 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, and recipient of the Maryland Historical Society’s annual book award. The White House announced that President Clinton took this book on vacation. Movie rights were optioned by National Geographic.
On the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination Pitch was invited to speak in Ford’s Theatre. He has appeared numerous times on C-Span TV, most recently in Washington Journal and in its documentary on the White House.
7:00pm Town Hall