February 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Custom House
The Custom House
281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040
$5 - $10
Adele Williams
305 295 6616 Ext 115
Robert N. Macomber | The Crucial Role of Key West in the Civil War @ Custom House | Key West | Florida | United States

Presented by Robert N. Macomber

Join award-winning author and lecturer Robert N. Macomber for a fascinating discussion of Key West’s part in the American Civil War, and the unique personalities who influenced that crucial role. You will relive the island’s transformation from pre-war backwater supply depot and site of liberated African slaves in 1860, to occupied enemy territory in 1861, to the most important Union outpost in the Gulf of Mexico in 1862. You will vividly experience a remarkable demonstration of American military honor in 1863, the horrific epidemic of 1864 and, finally, the terror of potentially the last great sea battle of the Civil War in 1865. This little-known and amazing story will change your view of the island forever.

Recommended reading: Honorable Mention [1865]

About the Speaker:

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning writer, internationally acclaimed lecturer, former Dept. of Defense consultant, and an accomplished seaman. Macomber is a Florida success story, and his work is admired across the globe. He tantalizes audiences with historical facts and literary lore.

Learn more at http://www.RobertMacomber.com.

This program is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust.


Robert N. Macomber’s popular maritime thrillers describe the life and career of a U.S. naval officer, from the Civil War in Florida to the years beyond the Spanish-American War in 1898. Mr. Macomber has loyal, enthusiastic fans worldwide, who have named themselves “Wakians” after Peter Wake, the main character of the series. Through this Honor Series, Mr. Macomber illuminates significant events of world history, which have served as the foundation for the world as we know it today.
Inspired by actual events, these page-turners help us live history and remember truths which should never be forgotten. Each reader feels the powerful, you-are-there impact. Over the years, Macomber has been the recipient of the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award, the American Library Association’s W.Y. Boyd Literary Award, and, most recently, a Silver Medal in Popular Fiction from the FL Book Awards.

Suggested reading ~ limited availability at event
– 2003 Patrick D. Smith Literary Award for Best Historical Novel of Florida
– Review by Randy Wayne White, New York Times best-selling novelist: “Robert Macomber is a first-rate naval historian, and At the Edge of Honor proves it. The fascinating story of Florida’s Civil War sea battles was unknown to me until I read this book.”
– 2004 John Esten Cooke Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction
– Review by John Prados [author of Combined Fleet Decoded]: “At last! Finally we have an American character the equivalent of Hornblower or Aubry.”
– Review by Joe Weber [author of Defcon One and Rules of Engagement]: “Robert Macomber’s Honorable Mention is truly exceptional! Following At the Edge of Honor & Point of Honor, this rousing sea adventure is reminiscent of the swashbuckling yarns of Robert Louis Stevenson & Herman Wouk. Honorable Mention is extraordinary, a first-rate historical novel by a master of the genre.”
– Review by Booklist: “A solid entry in this popular series.”
– Review by Phil Jason, PhD. [Professor Emeritus of English, U.S. Naval Academy]: “One of the great feelings that comes over me when I settle into a new Honor Series novel by Robert Macomber is the sense that I’m in such capable and caring hands. It’s like having an insurance policy against disappointments. And there are none in the 12th installment of this unique and durable series ….”