Book sign­ing slated at Mil­i­tary Park

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - COMMUNITY - FROM STAFF RE­PORT

Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park hosts “Amer­ica In­vaded” book sign­ing.

Have you ever won­dered why some towns in Texas have French names? Or why there’s a statue of a Shawnee chief at the U.S. Naval Academy? Or what coastal wildlife refuges have to do with Amer­i­can fears of in­va­sion? And what the Olive Oil Riot in Mon­tana was re­ally all about?

“Amer­i­can In­vaded: A State by State Guide to Fight­ing on Amer­i­can Soil” by Christopher Kelly and Stu­art Lay­cock (His­tory In­va­sions Press, Au­gust 2017) has the an­swers to these in­trigu­ing ques­tions, and many more.

Au­thor Christopher Kelly will be at Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park at

1 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 17, to sign the new book. In “Amer­ica In­vaded,” Kelly and Lay­cock pro­vide a snap­shot of the waves of in­va­sion — qual­i­fied as episodes of fight­ing on U.S. soil — that have touched all fifty Amer­i­can states and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Draw­ing on years of metic­u­lous re­search in­clud­ing a drive through 36 states, they chron­i­cle some of the many ex­plo­rations and in­va­sions that founded or de­stroyed towns, that set and re­set state lines, and that shaped the peo­ples and cul­ture of this na­tion.

Read­ers will learn how:

• Czarist Rus­sia in­vaded Cal­i­for­nia

• Con­fed­er­ates in­vaded Ver­mont from Canada dur­ing the Civil War

• Also dur­ing the Civil War, Union troops clashed with Cop­per­heads (Democrats who op­posed the war) in Charleston, Illi­nois

• Ja­pan in­vaded the Aleu­tian Is­lands, shelled the Cal­i­for­nia coast, and bombed the forests of Ore­gon in World War II

• Ja­panese bal­loon bombs rained down on at least 15 western states dur­ing World War II, in­clud­ing Colorado, Wash­ing­ton, Cal­i­for­nia, Texas, Wy­oming, Ne­braska and Iowa

• Six Amer­i­cans and more than one hun­dred and twenty Mex­i­cans were killed in a bor­der skir­mish known as the Bat­tle of Am­bos No­gales in Ari­zona in 1918

Books will be avail­able for pur­chase and sign­ing. For in­for­ma­tion, please call (479) 451-8122, ext. 1227.

This event is spon­sored by East­ern Na­tional. East­ern Na­tional is a 503(c)3 not-for-profit co­op­er­at­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, sup­port­ing the in­ter­pre­tive, ed­u­ca­tional, and sci­en­tific pro­grams and ser­vices of the Na­tional Park Ser­vice and other pub­lic trust part­ners.

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