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Learn about the Civil War on the Southwest Coast of Florida

January 9, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Estero Island Historic Society invites everyone to attend our next public meeting, free of charge, on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. in St. Raphael's Parish Hall (5601 Williams Drive).

Join award-winning author and lecturer Robert N. Macomber to hear the fascinating story of Rebel blockade-runners, Union refugees, Confederate cavalry, and U.S. Navy gunboats, right here on our coast during the Civil War. In addition to hearing the story, you'll see copies of Civil War charts of our local coast, along with part of a Navy logbook detailing the logistics of an 1863 raid here. Mr. Macomber will also bring copies of his Honor Series novels for purchase and signing after the talk.

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and TV commentator. His Honor Series of naval novels cover the life and career of an American naval officer, Peter Wake, from his duty on the Florida coast during the Civil War, through his subsequent naval intelligence missions around the world, until his retirement in 1908. Mr. Macomber's novels illuminate the U.S. Navy's critical role in the expansion of America from a continental country into a global power. His recently released ninth novel, Honor Bound, represents the one-millionth printed word in the Honor Series, which has readers across North America and Europe. His next novel, Honorable Lies, will be released in October 2012. There are 22 novels planned for the Honor Series.

Robert N. Macomber is the recipient of the 2001 Florida Genealogical Society's Outstanding Achievement Award for his non-fiction magazine and newspaper work on Florida's maritime history. He was also selected as Florida Monthly Magazine's Most Intriguing Author of 2006.

Mr. Macomber annually lectures around the world as guest author aboard the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, the Silver Sea Line, and the Seabourn Line. He has been a naval history lecturer for the American History Forum and the Civil War Education Association, and has spoken at historical and academic venues around the United States. His lectures span 39 maritime and literary topics. He has appeared in many Florida PBS maritime history documentaries.

In addition to his other work, Mr. Macomber is a defense consultant. He is an annual lecturer in the Distinguished Military Author Series at the Center for Army Analysis at Fort Belvoir, near Washington D.C., and has been a Distinguished Lecturer at the U.S. Southern Command, the U.S. European Command, and for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe at NATO. He has lectured at the Office of Naval Intelligence, the West Point Society, the Military Officers Association of the United States, and various other government and military organizations.

When not traveling the world doing research, lectures, or book signings, Mr. Macomber lives quietly at Twin Palm Cottage, a 65-year old fisherman's home on Serenity Bay at Matlacha Island, on the same Southwest Florida coast where he grew up.

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--submitted by Janet Sailian



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