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For immediate release - February 20, 2013

Robert Macomber, The Civil War in Florida

Robert Macomber will present a series of three programs during the Lake BookFest describing Florida's involvement in the Civil War. The first will be held on Thursday, March 14th in the Puryear Building 243 S. Lake Ave in Groveland at 10:30 a.m. The program will be hosted by the Friends of the Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library. This presentation will begin a series of discussions on Florida's role in the most momentous event in American history.

"The Southernmost Confederates" describes the first two years (1861-1863) of the war in Florida. Join award-winning author Robert N. Macomber for a discussion of Florida's role at the start, and in first two years, of the Civil War. Learn about the economy and political outlook of the state, initial confrontations between the U.S. Army and the Confederates, Florida's blockade-runners, the relationship of the Caribbean to Florida, and Florida's reinforcement of the Confederate armies in Tennessee and Virginia.

"The Noose Tightens", the middle years (1863-1864) of the war in Florida, when everything changed will be held Thursday, March 14th in the Lady Lake Public Library at 7 p.m. This discussion covers the turning point of the Civil War in Florida. You'll learn about the U.S. Navy's decision to contest the inland waterways, the U.S. Army's attempted invasion, Florida's increasingly key role in supplying Confederate armies in Tennessee, and the joint operations of the U.S. Army and Navy to stop those supplies. The program is hosted by the Daughters of the Confederacy/Villages Chapter.

"Undefeated", the bloody final year (1865) of the war in Florida. will be held on Friday, March 15th at 10:30 a.m. in the W.T. Bland Public Library. Join award-winning author Robert N. Macomber for a discussion of the tumultuous final year of the Civil War in Florida. You'll learn of the southernmost land battle of the Civil War, the heroic defense of the state's capital, the Confederate president's plan for the continuation of the war, the preparations for the greatest sea battle of the war, and the perilous escape of the Confederate government to the southern end of the state--months after Lee surrendered at Appomattox.

Don't miss this opportunity. Robert N. Macomber is an internationally recognized award-winning maritime writer, lecturer, television commentator, and defense consultant. He is a continuing lecturer in the Distinguished Military Author Series at the Center for Army Analysis at Fort Belvoir, near Washington DC, and has presented at the U.S. Southern Command’s Notable Military Author Series, the West Point Society, NATO Headquarters (SHAPE) in Belgium, the U.S. European Command in Germany, and at the Office of Naval Intelligence.

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