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March 28, 2009

Fitz-Enz fiction turns tables on Battle of Plattsburgh victors

Fiction turns tables on Battle of Plattsburgh victors


A book signing for "Redcoats' Revenge" is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Borders in Plattsburgh.

Col. David Fitz-Enz will speak about the novel at the London Book Fair in London, England, April 20. He has also been invited to talk about "Redcoats' Revenge" June 16 at the Library of Congress in Washington, an event that will be covered by CSCAN Book TV. Chicago Public Radio will record an interview with the author May 4, and Fitz-Enz is slated to appear at Fort Ticonderoga sometime in July, with that date yet to be announced.

"Redcoats' Revenge" sold 1,400 copies in the first two months of its release, Fitz-Enz said recently.

"So somebody likes it."

Col. David Fitz-Enz's "The Final Invasion: Plattsburgh 1814" has received a number of awards.

In the book, he describes the British plan to invade the United States during the War of 1812, as well as the battle itself. For 187 years, that Sept. 11, 1814, battle on Lake Champlain was the last time America was attacked.

The title of Fitz-Enz's book, of course, became sadly and shockingly inaccurate Sept. 11, 2001. But "The Final Invasion" remains a serious work of scholarship, bringing attention to a pivotal battle in American history. After the Battle of Plattsburgh, America focused more on expansion than invasion.

In his latest book, "Redcoats' Revenge," Fitz-Enz is doing something very different. Instead of answering a historian's typical question, "What happened and what did it mean?" the author asks a "what if" question: "What if Britain had won the Battle of Plattsburgh?"

Fitz-Enz begins his answer by giving the British a different commander. Instead of Lt. Gen. Sir George Prevost leading the British, as in fact he did, it is Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. The duke is fresh from success in the Napoleonic Wars.

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