Cigar Society of Chicago

William Hazelgrove returns to the Cigar Society to tell the inspiring story of a little-known hero's pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War. 

His new book, pictured left, was just released on May 12. He has spoken to the Cigar Society previously about the Wright Brothers, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Capone, and Woodrow and Edith Wilson.

Mr. Hazelgrove writes, "I had heard many times about Henry Knox and his amazing story of pulling 60 tons of cannons with oxen and sleds to George Washington in the dead of winter of 1775. Curiously, I could find no contemporary books on this incredible feat beyond some self-published pamphlets and children's books. So after reading Henry Knox's personal diary of his three months in the wilderness I knew what my next book would be and that started me down the path that led from Boston to Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York. Henry Knox's expedition was even more harrowing than I could ever have imagined, crossing frozen rivers, lakes, and the Berkshire Mountains with 120,000 pounds of iron in tow -- the equivalent of 28 SUV's.  How this bookseller with no experience at all pulled off getting these 59 cannons to George Washington and turning the American Revolution around is one of the great stories of our War for Independence."

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 5:30-7:00 pm CDT

There will be a Q&A session after the lecture. Audience participation is invited.
Be sure to have your cocktails and cigars at ready hand.

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You can read the first chapter of the book at  If you'd like to buy a copy, we recommend ordering online from the Book Cellar, the local independent bookstore here in Lincoln Park.

William Hazelgrove is the national bestselling author of ten novels and seven nonfiction titles.  He has spoken to the Cigar Society previously about the Wright Brothers, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Capone, and Woodrow and Edith Wilson.  His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly Kirkus, Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections, Literary Guild Selections, and the History Book Club Selections. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today, The Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications and has been featured on NPR All Things Considered. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CSPAN, USA Today have all covered his books with features. His books Tobacco Sticks, The Pitcher, Real Santa, and Madam President have been optioned for screen and television rights.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at