Author George Anikis Book Signing at Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hagerstown, MD - Washington County resident George Anikis will be at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitors Welcome Center signing copies of his book Forgotten Name, Forgotten Deeds: The Ringgold Legacy, Thursday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Visitor Welcome Center is located at 6 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD.

George Anikis spent more than three years researching the three Ringgold brothers. Each brother left his mark in the history of the United States. Anikis delved into prior research, scant available diaries and biographies, military records, news accounts, and family letters. According to several critics, no history of the three Ringgold brothers has ever been so masterfully produced.

Anikis said, “While some local residents might be familiar with the Ringgold name and may even be somewhat familiar with the story of General and Congressman Samuel Ringgold’s lavish lifestyle as owner of the estate known as Fountain Rock, few are aware of the unique place his sons, Major Samuel Ringgold, Rear Admiral Cadwalader Ringgold, and Lieutenant Colonel George Hay Ringgold, have in the military history of this nation.”

This book tells the story of the Ringgold brothers and their contributions to a young nation. George Anikis said, “This is a significant opportunity to recall and celebrate the deeds of several Ringgold sons. The United States military at various times recognized each brother with various honors, including two ships named to honor the Ringgold name.”

Of just one of the brothers, Tom Riford, President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and a former active-duty US Marine said, “Admiral Cadwalader Ringgold’s name is sacred in the annuls of the United States Marines. He is revered for having saved four hundred Marines during the Civil War in an act of seamanship that places him alongside the greatest and most valiant naval commanders in US history. He often is mentioned among the traditional toasts by US Marines.”

It was earlier announced that proceeds from the book will be used to erect a monument to the Ringgold heroes on the grounds of Saint James School in Hagerstown, a portion of which is part of the original Ringgold family manor where the brothers were born and raised.

“An autographed copy of a well-researched book featuring local history makes a terrific holiday gift for history buffs,” said Riford.

About George Anikis:

Community supporter, author and historian, and preservationist, George Anikis graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering and subsequently served two years at sea as a commissioned naval officer. He has held engineering positions in both private industry and government, spending the majority of his career working for NASA. He and his wife, Anne, moved to Washington County from Howard County in 1995 and from 2001 to 2011, he served on the Washington County Planning Commission, the last five years as Chairman. Anikis is currently a member of the Washington County Historical Advisory Committee and the Antietam National Battlefield Advisory Committee.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County see: http://www.marylandmemories.com.

ALSO: Coming up on Dec. 18th:  Meet author George F. Franks III at the Visitor Welcome Center, he will be signing his new book:  The Battle of Falling Waters, 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign.