Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gillum Ferguson’s Illinois in the War of 1812

 

A new book over at the UI Press | Gillum Ferguson | Illinois in the War of 1812

In this engrossing new history, published upon the war's bicentennial, Gillum Ferguson underlines the crucial importance of the War of 1812 in the development of Illinois as a state. The history of Illinois in the War of 1812 has never before been told with so much attention to the personalities who fought it, the events that defined it, and its lasting consequences.

Endorsed by the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 and the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

"For more than a century, there has been no book-length historical study of the War of 1812 in Illinois, but Gillum Ferguson has labored mightily to remedy that historiographical shortcoming. Massively researched and well written, Illinois in the War of 1812 is a pioneering work that will undeniably appeal to scholars, local historians, and interested readers."--Rodney O. Davis, coeditor of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition

I never knew there was an Illinois Society of the War of 1812 or a Bicentennial Commission on it! Anyways, my kind of book, about a chunk of little known history.  Illinois was an awfully violent place, even then, and for will before then too.

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