A large and enthusiastic audience enjoyed hearing the story of the naval War Between the States in Florida, including the influence of the Bahamas and Cuba and wonderful details about the blockade runners. Author Robert N. Macomber is an internationally recognized award-winning maritime writer, lecturer, television commentator, and defense consultant. He is the author of the acclaimed Honor Series of naval novels. It is easy to understand how Macomber received the Outstanding Achievement Award for his non-fiction work on Florida's maritime history as well as the American Library Association's 2008 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. His thorough research and attention to detail lend both his books and his public appearances spine-tingling appeal.
Macomber appeared at the Leesburg Public Library on Thursday, March 29th, as a featured author of the 2012 Festival of Reading. Local author and historian, Bob Grenier, introduced Macomber to the audience. The event was hosted by Chapter No. 641 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Chapter donated two beautiful Confederate Jasmine plants which graced the stage during the program and were awarded to two lucky ticket-holders at the end of the event. The legend is that Confederate Jasmine was blooming around the steps of the McLean house in Appomattox, Virginia in April of 1865 when Generals Lee and Grant met there.