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New Meetup: James L. Nelson lecture, "George Washington's Secret Navy" @ Prescott House

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 10:57 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: James L. Nelson lecture, "George Washington's Secret Navy" @ Prescott House

When: February 18,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: James L. Nelson, former boat builder and maritime historian will be talking at 6:00 pm about his new book, "George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea". It appears that wine and cheese will be served, and books will be made available for purchase. Sponsored by The Shirley Eustis House Association and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Thank you Gretchen for letting us know about the event!

Location: Prescott House, 55 Beacon St, Boston, MA

Directions: "The house is opposite the Boston Common, under which there is a parking garage. It is within easy walking distance of the Arlington and Park Street subway stops".

People must RSVP to: The Shirley Eustis House (617)[masked] or [address removed] .

About James L. Nelson, from his website:

"James Nelson, a former professional sailor, is committed to bringing to life, through fiction and nonfiction, America's historical connection with the sea. His writing covers a wide range of America's maritime heritage, from piracy in Colonial Virginia to the naval action of the Civil War"

About the book, from

"From the author of the critically acclaimed Benedict Arnold's Navy, here is the story of how America's first commander-in-chief--whose previous military experience had been entirely on land--nursed the fledgling American Revolution through a season of stalemate by sending troops to sea. Mining previously overlooked sources, James L. Nelson's swiftly moving narrative shows that George Washington deliberately withheld knowledge of his tiny navy from the Continental Congress for more than two critical months, and that he did so precisely because he knew Congress would not approve".

Read the first chapter of "George Washington's Secret Navy":'s_secret_navy.htm

About the Prescott House:

"The William Hickling Prescott House, at 55 Beacon Street were built in 1808 for the Boston merchant, James Smith Colburn. These Federal period twin houses overlook Boston Common. The land was once owned by John Singleton Copley, America's most accomplished colonial portrait painter.

"These 5 1/2 story brick town houses were designed by the esteemed American architect Asher Benjamin and are highlighted by two bow-fronts. Gracious geometric forms such as these accentuate the rhythm of the exterior design as well as create beautiful oval interior spaces. The building's Federal style features include a ground floor colonnade with delicate fluted Doric columns, elliptical fanlighted entrances with flanking side lights, colossal pilasters, elaborate iron balconies, and an ornamental balustrade over the cornice.

"The American historian, William Hickling Prescott, lived at number 55 Beacon Street from 1845-1859. Prescott was one of the first English-speaking historians to write about the Spanish Empire. His books included histories of the Spanish monarchs and the conquests of Mexico and Peru. Some have been translated into several languages and remain in print today.

"Prescott made major renovations to the house. He built a rear addition, which included his extensive library on the second floor, and a third floor study, now faithfully restored, where he wrote his History of the Conquest of Peru and Philip II".

About Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati:

"The Society of the Cincinnati was founded at the close of the Revolutionary War by the officers of the Continental line and their French counterparts, who had served together in the struggle for American independence. They wished to preserve the rights and liberties for which they had fought and to foster the bonds of friendship that had been formed among them during the long years of war. . The Society took its name from the Roman hero Cincinnatus, the citizen-soldier who was twice called to lead his country in war and, after each each victory, declined offers of power and position to return to his home and plough. George Washington, known as the 'Cincinnatus of the West,' was elected the Society's first president general, a position he held until his death in 1799".

About Shirley Eustis House Association:

"The Shirley-Eustis House Association was founded in 1913 as one of the Commonwealth's earliest preservation organizations. It has been responsible for saving this unique building , and exists today for the purpose of preserving and maintaining Shirley Place; the mansion, the carriage house, its furnishings and grounds".

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