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War of 1812

1-90170 Asquith, Stuart WAR OF 1812:Campaign Guide To The War With America Ninety color uniform plates and re-enactment photos, original art by Bob Marion 1 vol, 210 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-65890 Barbuto, Richard NIAGARA 1814:America Invades Canada Richard Barbuto is the first to offer a comprehensive study of the entire campaign. Barbuto covers every aspect of a campaign that saw the American army come of age, even as its military leaders blundered away potential victory and the acquisition of a coveted expanse of North American territory. Vividly recreating the major battles on the Niagara peninsula--at Chippawa, Lundy's Lane, Fort Erie, and Cook's Mill--Barbuto also clarifies the role of these engagements within the overall framework of American strategy.

Despite early success at Chippawa, four long months of fighting finally ended in something like a draw, with the British still in control of Canada. Barbuto argues convincingly that the American government was never really able to harness, coordinate, and focus its tremendous resources in ways that would have allowed the campaign to succeed. Much of the blame, he shows, can be attributed to the poor leadership and confused strategic thinking of President James Madison and his secretary of war, John Armstrong.

The American effort was further undermined by manpower shortages, a few ineffective field commanders, and the army and navy's inability to coordinate their objectives and operations. Even so, Barbuto contends that the American soldier, led by the likes of Jacob Brown and the legendary Winfield Scott, performed surprisingly well against one of the great armies of the nineteenth century.

1 vol, 410 pgs 2001 LAWRENCE, UNIV OF KANSAS
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1-49841 Barbuto, Richard & Manley, Stephen WAR OF 1812:V1-Uniform Guide of the U.S. Forces A1 size, uniform details of the Regulars, Militia and Volunteers, covers all branches of service. 1 vol, 28 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-49842 Barbuto, Richard & Manley, Stephen WAR OF 1812:V2-Uniform Guide of the King's Forces A1 size, uniform details of the British Regulars and the Canadian Fencibles/Militia/Provincial troops, covers Infantry/Cavalry/Artillery, biblio. 1 vol, 36 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-194730 Barbuto, Richard V. Long Range Guns, Close Quarter Combat: The Third United States Artillery Regiment in the War of 1812 7x10 inches with color covers, War of 1812 expert Richard Barbuto offers a heavily illustrated and detailed account of the US Third Artillery from its authorization in the spring of 1812 to its amalgamation into the Corps of Artillery in 1814. The unit fought mainly on the northern theater from Lake Champlain to Lake Erie and quite often as infantry rather than artillery, through its actions at Fort Niagara, Queenston Heights, Sacket's Harbor, the St. Lawrence campaign of the autumn of 1813, the attack on Fort Ontario, Sandy Creek, the Niagara and Plattsburgh. Barbuto places the Third Artillery's narrative against a proper historical context and properly devotes much space to the senior officers -- George Armistead, Ichabod Crane, George Izard, Alexander Macomb and George Mitchell -- who raised, trained and commanded it in action.

Numerous sidebar sections throughout the text contain information on personnel, battles, gun drill, military installations and the interesting story of William Apess, a native American who served in the regiment. Finally, two appendices provide a time line of the war and short biographies of military officers from both sides while a third contains the complete text of Surgeon William Horner's useful and descriptive memories of medical service at Buffalo and vicinity during the long and bloody Niagara campaign of 1814. The result is an interesting and informative work of regimental history that might serve as a model of its kind.
1 vol, 144 pgs 2011 US, OLD FORT NIAGRA ASSOCIATION
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1-35500 Berton, Pierre INVASION OF CANADA, THE:1812-1813 Good account of the first year of war. Index, maps, biblio. 1 vol, 363 pgs 1980 TORONTO,McCLELLAND LTD
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2-35500 Berton, Pierre INVASION OF CANADA, THE:1812-1813 Good account of the first year of war. Index, maps, biblio. 1 vol, 363 pgs 1980 BOSTON, ATLANTIC LITTLE
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1-199040 Blumberg, Arnold WHEN WASHINGTON BURNED - An Illustrated History of the War of 1812 To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, this book tells the complete story of the great conflict between a young United States of America and imperial Great Britain. From the roots of the conflict, through a profile of the two armies, to descriptions of the great battles and events of the war, this work captures in one lavishly illustrated volume one of America's first great crises. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2012 US, CASEMATE PUBLISHING
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1-195581 Chartrand, Rene A MOST WARLIKE APPEARANCE: Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the United States in the War of 1812 A complete re-work of his long out of print 'Uniforms and Equipment of the United States Forces in the War of 1812,' originally published in 1992 by the Old Fort Niagara Association, this new work offers considerable more detail on the uniforms of the State Militias and much more. Includes four full color pages and 190 illustrations.

Chapters include;

Uniforms of the United States Regular Army 1808-1815
Uniforms of the State Militias
Weapons of the United States Forces
Accoutrements of the United States Forces
Flags and Colors
United States Naval Uniforms
The United States Marine Corps
Chronological List of Battles 1 vol, 196 pgs 2011 CANADA, SERVICE PUBLICATIONS
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1-195582 Chartrand, Rene A SCARLET COAT: Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the British Forces in the War of 1812 This book explores the uniforms, arms, and flags of the British forces during the War of 1812. This is the companion volume to 'A Most Warlike Appearance' which covered the uniforms of the US Forces. 350+ color & b/w illustrations. 1 vol, 226 pgs 2011 CANADA, SERVICE PUBLICATIONS
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1-52070 Collins, Gilbert GUIDE BOOK TO THE HISTORIC SITES OF THE 1812 WAR Detailed look at the 300+ historic sites of the war, 40+ illust and 20+ maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 250 pgs 1997 TORONTO, DUNDURN PRESS
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1-197050 Daughan, George 1812: The Navy's War The name and cover suggest a study of the naval war during the War of 1812, but never judge the book by its cover. The work covers sea and land operations in a one-volume treatment of the war. The prose moves along well enough to keep you reading and the details embedded in battles and operations provide a clear picture of historical considerations and outcomes. All the big land battles are included, such as Lundy's Lane, Bladensburg, Detroit, New Orleans, and more, as well as the naval battles of the USS Constitution, President, Essex, and other famous ships. The book includes political and strategic aspects and captures the essence of various commanders and politicians -- competent and otherwise.

The atlas-style maps are old-school basic -- no battle maps with detailed topographies or plotted ship positions -- but the glossary is extensive enough. The illustration of a square-rigged ship naming all the sails can be helpful. The Index includes a considerable number of USS and HMS ships, but neglects to include land battles.

Overall, 1812 offers an excellent one-volume introduction to the War of 1812. As with any one-volume style book, the less you know about the war, the more informative the text. Yet the writing contains a nice balance between detail and development and the book should prove a springboard to delving further into particular battles and campaigns. 1 vol, 491 pgs 2011 US, BASIC BOOKS
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1-203180 de Kat, James Tertius THE BATTLE OF STONINGTON: Torpedoes, Submarines, and Rockets in the War of 1812 In the summer of 1814, a squadron of Royal Navy ships attacked the tiny Connecticut seaport of Stonington, and declared its intention of destroying the town. Over the next four days, the British barraged the nearly defenseless civilian population with some 50 tons of explosives before mysteriously upping anchor and sailing away. Drawing on contemporary news accounts, secret Royal Navy correspondence, and other primary sources, de Kay investigates events leading up to the attack and recounts the exciting details of the battle. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2012 US, US NAVAL INSTITUE PRESS
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1-68890 Dudley, Wade G. SPLINTERING THE WOODEN WALL Most naval historians take their cue from the work of Alfred Thayer Mahan published a century ago and view the blockade of the United States during the War of 1812 as a highly effective wooden wall. But Wade Dudley challenges that prevailing interpretation and in the pages of this new study provides a bold new assessment. Rather than an impermeable wooden wall, he says the Royal Navy's blockade resembled a light picket fence that was easily splintered by aggressive American public and private navies preying on British merchantmen. The first book-length treatment of the 1812 blockade since Mahan's, his well-reasoned analysis is certain to influence future thinking about the most used tool in a sailing Navy's arsenal.

The work presents a useful overview of the history, theory, and practice of blockades during the age of fighting sail along with an evaluation of the naval capabilities of the belligerents, a comparison of the blockade of the United States to British blockades of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, and a discussion of the importance of geography in the theater of conflict. Readers will be fascinated by the story that emerges of the modern world's first super power at war with a developing nation and of a conflict between civilized states that threatened to devolve into little more than a campaign of terror. 5 maps, b/w illust, appendix, notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2002 ANNAPOLIS, US NAVAL INST
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1-68020 Dunnigan, Brian Leigh illustrated by Eric Manders BRITISH ARMY AT MACKINAC, THE:1812-1815 Story of the British soldiers who captured & heldFort Mackinac from 1812-1815, color illust. 1 vol, 56 pgs 2001 US, MACKINAC STATE PARK
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1-214190 Elliot, James STRANGE FATALITY: The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813 On a spring morning in 1813 the largest amphibious force in American history to that point - 6,000 troops aboard 140 vessels - stormed ashore near the mouth of the Niagara River, routed the British garrison and captured Fort George. It was a textbook operation by determined amateurs, the second consecutive American victory and a promising sign that events of 1813 would redress the military calamities of 1812.

The badly mauled British army, short of provisions and ammunition, reeled westward, its leadership uncertain where the retreat would end. Having conquered the past and present capitals of Upper Canada, the American forces were poised to deliver the body blow the War Hawks in Congress had dreamed of when they predicted a four-week war to subdue the upper province. The fate of Upper Canada hung in the balance.

Ten days later, in a field near the hamlet of Stoney Creek, the promise of that triumph was smashed in a terrifying night action, the outcome of which hinged on a single bayonet charge that carried the American artillery and decapitated the invading army. Little known or appreciated, even by Canadians, Stoney Creek was one of the most decisive reversals of military fortune in the War of 1812 and in no small measure determined the fate of the colony that would become Ontario. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2009 CANADA, ROBIN BRASS STUDIO
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1-41220 Elting, John R. AMATEURS, TO ARMS:Military History of the 1812 War A gripping narrative of an unpopular and badly fought war, b/w illust, maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 353 pgs 2001 NY,
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1-194330 Everest, Allan S. WAR OF 1812 IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY, THE This is the story of marching men and clashing ships, of suffering, and of occasional heroic deeds. As in wars past, and for similar reasons, Lake Champlain and the region surrounding Lower Canada, Vermont, and Upstate New York became one of the major theaters of military action. For two and a half years, people in the region saw armies raised, defeated, and disbanded. They witnessed their own militia repeatedly called out to protect the border areas and to serve as adjuncts to regular army units. Despite a series of disheartening military reverses, loss of life, and destruction of property, civilians maintained a remarkable degree of resilience. They fled if battle threatened but soon returned to pick up the threads of their lives. Everest's story shows us a war in microcosm and allows us a close-up experience of the small events that helped shape the destiny of a youthful and growing nation.

6x9 inches, 17 B&W illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2011 US, Syracuse University Press
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1-68870 Fitz-Enz, Colonel David G. FINAL INVASION, THE:Plattsburg 1812 On September 1, 1814, under the command of Lt. Gen. Sir George Prevost, nearly 15,000 veteran British troops, fresh from victory over Napoleon, crossed the Canadian-American border-the largest foreign army ever to invade the United States.

Opposing the British invasion were Gen. Alexander Macomb and his army of fewer than 5,000 men and the improvised fleet and brilliant strategy of thirty-year-old Lt. Thomas Macdonough. They were on the losing side of a devastating war. By the time the British and Americans clashed on the waters and surrounding shores of Lake Champlain on September 11, 1814, Macomb and Macdonough's government, pursued by British troops, had fled from a burning Washington.

Yet despite the odds, the Americans managed to thwart the world's strongest naval power in one of the most decisive battles in American history. The source of the documentary film of the same name, The Final Invasion is based on primary research and original discoveries-including previously unknown private diaries and orders, missing since the war. Fair-minded, astute, and passionately engaged with his subject, Col. David G. Fitz-Enz brings to life the immediacy and immensity of the British threat, the bloody reality of naval warfare, and the far-reaching consequences of the American victory against tremendous odds.

1 vol, 352 pgs 2001 NY, COOPER SQUARE PRESS
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1-194900 Fredriksen, John C. (ed) WAR OF 1812 IN PERSON, THE: Fifteen Accounts by United States Army Regulars, Volunteers and Militiamen This work reproduces fifteen War of 1812 manuscripts, including diaries, memoirs, and letters. The accounts provide a range of perspectives on the war's ground conflicts, from officers to enlisted men, volunteers and militia. Includes 24 photos, maps, notes, bibliography, and index.
1 vol, 332 pgs 2010 US, McFARLAND & COMPANY
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1-65050 Fredrikson, John C GREEN COATS & GLORY:US Regiment of Riflemen 1808 7x10, color covers, heavily illustrated detailed account of the best US Regiment from 1808-1821, footnotes, biblio, index.

John Fredriksen's Green Coats and Glory, recounts the history not only of the Regiment of Riflemen (the First Regiment of Riflemen from 1814 to 1815) but also that of the Second, Third and Fourth Regiments authorized in early 1814. In contrast to Barbuto, Fredriksen's approach to his subject is more anecdotal and he emphasizes the influence of specific personalities. His work is well illustrated, with many rare portraits of individuals and depictions of uniforms and weapons but lacks maps and tactical diagrams. Although it is no fault of the author, much new information has surfaced in the last ten years which might have been incorporated into the book. For example, Fredriksen states (p. 33) that British troops plundered Ogdensburg in February 1813 when we know from the eyewitness account of that action, 'War on the Ice,' which appeared in Issue 7 (January 2007) of this online publication that most of the looting was actually done by Canadian civilians who crossed the St. Lawrence to plunder.

1 vol, 80 pgs 2001 NY, OLD FORT NIAGRA ASSOC
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1-41180 Fryer, Mary Beacock MORE BATTLEFIELDS OF CANADA Covers eighteen battles, including the first capture of Quebec 1629, five War of 1812 battles, several from the 1870's, b/w maps/illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 184 pgs 1993 TORONTO, DUNDURN PRESS
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2-65660 George, Christopher TERROR ON THE CHESAPEAKE:War of 1812 on the Bay For nearly two years during the War of 1812, the British treated the Chesapeake Bay as their private lake. But in 1814, as attention moved from the northern frontier to the Mid-Atlantic region, the Americans fought back and drove the invaders from the bay. Christopher T. George traces the abuses of the inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay by Royal Navy raiding parties under arrogant Rear Admiral George Cockburn. Cockburn's burning and pillaging of bay communities proceeded the burning of our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., on August 24-25, 1814, by Major General Robert Ross. Cockburn persuaded Ross that the Americans could not stand up to Lord Wellington's Peninsular War veterans. But he miscalculated when it came to attacking Baltimore, where citizen soldiers, strongly led by Revolutionary War veterans General Samuel Smith and John Stricker, and backed by U.S. Navy regulars, held the British at bay, killing Ross and reclaiming American pride. 57 b/w illust, 15 maps. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2002 PA, WHITE MANE PUBLISHING
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1-203380 Graves, Donald AND ALL THEIR GLORY PAST: Fort Erie, Plattsburgh, and the Final Battles in the North, 1814 Covers the last major battles of the War of 1812 in the northern theater, which were fought in the summer and autumn of 1814 and had a decisive effect on how the war ended.

The first of these actions is the 53-day siege of Fort Erie, which incurred more casualties than the better known battle of New Orleans in some of the most vicious fighting of the war. Besieged in the fort on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, the Americans succeeded in driving off the British attacks but decided to withdraw across the border before the onset of winter, thus marking the end of hostilities on Canadian soil.

The second major action is the naval and land battle of Plattsburgh, New York. An outgunned American naval squadron on Lake Champlain succeeded in defeating their Royal Navy opponents, causing the British commander in chief, General Sir George Prevost, to withdraw, a reverse he was unable to live down and an American victory that had a direct bearing on the final outcome of the war.

Also includes the devastating raid in which General Duncan McArthur's mounted troops burned and plundered their way across southwestern Ontario from present-day Windsor to Brantford. Illustrations and maps throughout, notes, bibliography, and index. 1 vol, 440 pgs 2013 CANADA, ROBIN BRASS STUDIO
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1-10420 Graves, Donald E. ROCKET'S RED GLARE, THE: Sir William Congreve War rockets had been in use for more than two centuries but it was not until 1805 that they were improved by William Congreve and introduced into British service. Their use at Copenhagen, Leipzig and Baltimore, where they were immortalized by Francis Scott Key, made them famous. This book outlines the history, construction and use of the rocket from its introduction until about the middle of the 19th century and includes a brief biography of its inventor.. 32 pp., 30 ill 1 vol, 32 pgs 1989 NY, MUSEUM RSTORATION
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1-39450 Graves, Donald E. RED COATS & GREY JACKETS:Battle of Chippawa, 1814 Detailed examination of the first battle of the 1812 war were US Regulars met and defeated British Regulars in an open battle, b/w maps, appendices, footnotes, (115) b/w illust, biblio and index. 1 vol, 210 pgs 1994 TORONTO, DUNDURN PRESS
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1-49710 Graves, Donald E. WHERE RIGHT AND GLORY LEAD:Battle of Lundy's Lane An account of the most bitterly fought battle of the Niagara Campaign, b/w illust, appendix, index 1 vol, 352 pgs 1997 TRONTO, ROBIN BRASS
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1-58450 Graves, Donald E. FIELD OF GLORY:The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813 The epic story of the 1813 St. Lawrence Rivercampaign & battles, this campaign is without doubtthe worst in the history of the US Army, extensiveo/b's, appendicies, index. 1 vol, 426 pgs 1999 TORONTO, ROBIN BRASS
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1-204330 Graves, Donald editor FIRST CAMPAIGN OF AN ADC: The War of 1812 Memoir of Lt. William Jenkins Worth, US Army First-hand reminiscence by an aide-de-camp on United States Army actions in the Northern Theater along the Canadian border during the war of 1812, from March to November 1813. Originally published, unaccredited, in the 'Military and Naval Magazine of the United States' from 1833-1835, the author has been identified by Donald E. Graves as William Jenkins Worth, (1794-1849), later a General in the Army and the namesake of Fort Worth, Texas. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2013 US, OLD FORT NIAGARA ASSOCIATION
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1-203230 Grodzinsli, John R DEFENDER OF CANADA: Sir George Prevost and the War of 1812 When war broke out between Great Britain and the United States in 1812, Sir George Prevost, captain general and governor in chief of British North America, was responsible for defending a group of North American colonies that stretched as far as the distance from Paris to Moscow. He also commanded one of the largest British overseas forces during the Napoleonic Wars. This bio offers a reinterpretation of the general's military leadership in the War of 1812 and shows that Prevost deserves far greater credit for the successful defense of Canada than he has heretofore received.

Earlier accounts portrayed Prevost as overly cautious and attributed the preservation of Canada to other officers, but Grodzinski challenges these assumptions and restores the general to his rightful place as British North America's key military figure during the War of 1812. Grodzinski shows that Prevost's strategic insight enabled him to enact a practicable defense despite scarce resources and to ably integrate naval power into his defensive plans.

Prevost's range of responsibilities in British North America were daunting. They included overseeing joint endeavors with Indian allies, managing logistical matters, monitoring naval construction and personnel needs, supervising colonial governments, and commanding the defense of Canada. Tasked with protecting an extensive and complex territory, Prevost employed a mix of soldiers, sailors, locally raised forces, and indigenous people in taking advantage of the American military's weaknesses to defeat most of its plans.

Following his recall to Britain in 1815 after the defeat at the Battle of Plattsburgh, Prevost would have been court-martialed had he not died unexpectedly. In carefully examining the charges leveled against Prevost, Grodzinski shows the general to have preserved the integrity of Canada, allowing diplomats to ensure its continued existence. 1 vol, 360 pgs 2013 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-202080 Hatch, Colonel William A Chapter of the History of the War of 1812 in the Northwest By the end of the Anglo-Indian war, the British army moved their forces to the established post of Malden at the entrance of the Detroit River. From this point they retained their influence over the Indians, instigating and assisting the tribes' continuing hostilities toward the American settlers.

By 1811 Tecumseh and his brothers had reached maturity and continued the struggle to regain their old territorial boundary of the Ohio River. Their actions to launch a universal war with the other Indian tribes against the American settlers resulted in a call for volunteers in Kentucky. In November 1811 the battle of Tippecanoe was fought, resulting in heavy losses on both sides.

Over the winter of 1811, the threat of war with Britain became so great that the government called for volunteers from Ohio to march to Detroit. Brigadier-General William Hull was placed as commander in chief of the newly formed Northwestern Army and in July 1812 invaded Canada. By August of 1812, the Northwestern Army had surrendered at Detroit; it was theorized that Hull collaborated with the British General Brock.

Through firsthand accounts, much not available elsewhere, of William Hatch, acting Assistant Quartermaster-General and a volunteer in the Cincinnati Light Infantry, we see the disastrous orders from Hull, refusing cattle for the troops, retreating instead of advancing on Malden, refusing to allow the destruction of an unfinished enemy battery, that lead to the surrender. Hatch's allegations lend support to the theory of connivance but in and of themselves are inadequate as proof. A new surname index has been added. 1 vol, 154 pgs 2012 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-16950 Hickey, Donald R. WAR OF 1812, THE Well researched and documented, b/w maps & illust, extensive chapter notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 457 pgs 1990 CHAMPIAGN, UNIV OF ILL.
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1-60620 Hitsman, J. Mackay updated by Donald Graves INCREDIBLE WAR OF 1812, THE:A Military History Regarded by many as the best one-volume history of this conflict, (20) b/w maps, 60+ b/w illust, (8) appendices, notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 432 pgs 1999 TORONTO, ROBIN BRASS
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1-199140 Howard, Hugh MR. AND MRS. MADISON'S WAR: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence August 28, 1814. Dressed in black, James Madison mourns the nation's loss. Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him; a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House. The British have laid waste to Washington City, and as Mr. Madison gazes at the terrible vista, he ponders the future -- his country's defeat or victory -- in a war he began over the unanimous objections of his political adversaries.

The War of 1812 remains the least understood of America's wars. To some it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison, our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of first lady for all to follow, and who would prove perhaps her husband's most indispensable ally.

Examines the conflict fought on land and sea -- from the shores of the Potomac to the Great Lakes -- that proved to be a critical turning point in American history. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2012 US, BLOOMSBURY PRESS
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1-70090 James, William LATE WAR BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN & THE UNITED STATES FULL & CORRECT ACCOUNT OF THE MILITARY OCCURRENCES OF THE LATE WAR...., a detailed history written using contemporary sources, particularly useful is the excellent index, b/w illust/maps. 2 vol, 1106 pgs 2002 UK, NAVAL & MILITARY
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1-204340 Kloten, Gregory editor CAPTAIN GEORGE HOWARD, United States Army: The Chronicles of a Connecticut Yankee on the Northern Frontier of the War of 1812 Based on a letter book compiled by Captain George Howard of the 25th Connecticut Infantry, the book recounts his experience in the War of 1812 and his later career in the Customs Service. A native of Windsor, CT, Howard served in most of the major campaigns on the northern frontier under several of the worst and a few of the best American officers in the war, of the latter most notably Winfield Scott.

Howard's autobiography illuminates the lives of young men who came of age in the early Republic. Not only does he faithfully record his war experiences, he traces his life before and after the war. He provides an autobiographical sketch of his life until 1812 and letters interspersed with journal entries and commentary chart the course of Howard's military and postwar bureaucratic career. Howard's account provides the perspective of a lower level officer on the conduct of the war, as well as changes in the character of the federal government and the economic expansion that occurred after the war. 224 pages and includes maps, illustrations, appendices, and bibliography. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2013 US, OLD FORT NIAGARA ASSOCIATION
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2-80900 Mahon, John K. WAR OF 1812, THE Detailed narrative of military operations on land and sea from 1812-15, b/w illust/maps, biblio, index 1 vol, 476 pgs 2001 NY, DA CAPO
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1-56440 Malcomson, Robert LORDS OF THE LAKE:The Naval War on Lake Ontario Based on primary sources, over 100 illust/maps, well written account of the this crucial campaign that neither side won, biblio, index. 1 vol, 432 pgs 1999 ANNAPOLIS, NAVAL INST PRS
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1-199790 Mann, Timothy FRONTIER MILITIA: The War of 1812 Little information has been published about the frontiersmen living in northwest Ohio at the commencement of the War of 1812. The frontiersmen were often overshadowed by the prominent leaders of the day, such as Cass, Harrison, Tecumseh, and Winchester; however, the lives of these great leaders intersected the lives of the frontiersmen in northwest Ohio. Immediately after General Hull's disastrous campaign that ended in surrender at Detroit, the men of northwest Ohio became the front line of defense for both the state and the nation.

This book offers readers a glimpse of the Ohio Militia, its structure, the dangers of living in what was considered a war zone, and some sites of significance in the state of Ohio during the war. The author also focuses on the Fifth Division, as these men were stationed predominantly throughout northwest Ohio. Accounts of the Wolverton Incident and Dilbone Massacre are followed by a review of documents concerning the 1809 Constitution of the Dayton Rifle Company, basic militia structure, the Ohio Militia 1811 muster return, counties and militia divisions, flintlock phrases, sites of significance during the War of 1812, and a list of Miami County officers. A map showing counties for the state of Ohio circa 1812, numerous facsimile reprints of original documents, and a bibliography add to the value of this work. This slender volume is a must for War of 1812 reenactors, researchers and historians. 1 vol, 76 pgs 2011 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-205390 Marine, William BRITISH INVASION OF MARYLAND: 1812-1815 This book presents the history of the British invasion of Maryland during the War of 1812. The volume includes the events leading up to the declaration of war against Great Britain, plus chapters about the privateersmen, the Chesapeake expedition, Blarney's flotilla, and Caulk's Field. Many details of the conflicts are included such as the battles at Frenchtown, Havre de Grace, Bladensburg, Washington, North Point, and Baltimore.

Also included is an appendix giving the Maryland roster of 11,000 soldier names. They are listed in alphabetical order by last names and include rank and the company they served. In the appendix is also a list of names of those belonging to the Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland and the National Society United States Daughters of War of 1812, State of Maryland, at the time of the book's original publication. Both of these are arranged in alphabetical order and list who the member is descended from.

Also includes a pullout map of the Chesapeake campaign in 1814. 1 vol, 519 pgs 2014 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-89030 May, George S. WAR OF 1812:U & Great Britain at Mackinac 1812-15 Concise account of the various skrimishes/battlesfor Mackinac Island during the War of 1812. B/willust/maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2004 US, MACKINAC STATE PARK
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1-211200 McCavitt. John THE MAN WHO CAPTURED WASHINGTON: Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812 First in-depth biography of this important but largely forgotten historical figure. Includes 25 b&w illustrations, three maps, and one table.

An Irish officer in the British Army, Major General Robert Ross (1766-1814) was a charismatic leader widely admired for his bravery in battle. Despite a military career starting in 1789 that included distinguished service in Europe and North Africa, Ross is better known for his actions than his name: his 1814 campaign in the Chesapeake Bay resulted in the burning of the White House and Capitol and the unsuccessful assault on Baltimore, immortalized in The Star Spangled Banner. 1 vol, 312 pgs 2016 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-199050 McCranie, Kevin UTMOST GALLANTRY: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812 Focusing on the oceanic war rather than the war in the Great Lakes, this study charts the War of 1812 from the perspectives of the two opposing navies at sea one of the largest fleets in the world and a small, upstart navy just three decades old. While American naval leadership searched for a means of contesting Britain's naval dominance, the English sought to destroy the U.S. Navy and protect its oceanic highways. Instead of describing battles between opposing warships, McCranie evaluates entire cruises by American and British men-of-war, noting both successes and failures and how they translated into broader strategies. In the process, his study becomes a history of how the two navies fought the oceanic war, linking high-level governmental decisions about strategy to the operational use of fleets in the Atlantic and Caribbean and from the South Pacific to the Indian Ocean.

Unlike other books on the subject, this work offers a balanced appraisal of the war on the high seas, taking into account the strategic considerations of both sides and how the leadership from each side assessed, planned, and implemented operational concepts. Drawing on a wealth of British and American archival sources, McCranie guides the through the strategic decision making processes on both sides of the Atlantic. He demonstrates vividly their impact of those decisions on the course of the war at sea, where the contest was close and deadly. Indeed, the author's action-packed accounts of battles hold special appeal. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2011 US, US NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS
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1-63560 Morris, John W. SWORD OF THE BORDER:General Jacob Jennings Brown Brown(1775-1828) successfully defended SacketsHarbor in 1813 and was rewarded with a regularArmy commission, he went on the help create theprofessional US Army, biblio, index. 1 vol, 360 pgs 2000 KENT, KENT STATE UNIV
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1-47420 Muller, Charles G. DARKEST DAY, THE:1814 Washington-Baltimore Campaign Part of the 'Great Battles of History' series,vast majority of this book covers the Battle of Bladensburg, b/w maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2003 PHILADELPHIA, UNIV OF PA
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1-67190 Owsley, Frank Lawrence STRUGGLE FOR THE GULF BORDERLANDS:1812-1815 From the Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans, b/w maps, chapter notes, excellent biblio, index. 1 vol, 255 pgs 2000 TUSCALOOSA, UNIV ALABAMA
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1-52160 Pitch, Anthony S. BURNING OF WASHINGTON, THE:British Invasion 1814 Using firsthand sources/letters/diaries/journals and newspapers from both sides, b/w photos, maps, chpt notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 304 pgs 1998 ANNAPOLIS, NAVAL INST PRS
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1-72690 Porter, Phil illustrated by Eric Manders EAGLE AT MACKINAC, THE:1796-1802 The estblishment of US Military & Civil Authorityon Mackinac Island, color illust, b/w maps/illustand drawings, muster rolls. 1 vol, 56 pgs 2001 US, MACKINAC STATE PARK
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1-51560 Quimby, Robert S. U.S. ARMY IN THE WAR OF 1812 An Operational and Command Study, a detailed lookat the US Army & its Leaders, extensive research,chapter notes, appendix, biblio, index. 2 vol, 985 pgs 1998 LANSING, MICHIGAN STATE
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1-12680 Reilly, Robin BRITISH at the GATES, The Classic account of the Battle of New Orleans, 45 illust/maps, biblio, chapter notes. 1 vol, 420 pgs 2002 TORONTO, ROBIN BRASS
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1-196450 Riley, Jonathon A MATTER OF HONOUR: The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock Isaac Brock was the British general responsible for defending the long frontier of Upper Canada with meager forces in the opening days of the War of 1812. Revered by generations of schoolchildren as the 'Saviour of Upper Canada' and commemorated by a towering monument on Queenston Heights, Brock is best known in Canada for his vigorous measures to defend against the invading American forces and for the daring exploit at Queenston Heights in which he died.

Brock was a resourceful field commander who believed in offensive measures to keep his opponent off-balance and he is probably best known in the United States for managing to cow U.S. General William Hull into surrendering Detroit, to that general's eternal shame.

Jonathon Riley describes Brock's upbringing in the Channel Islands, his family life and his military career in Europe and the West Indies, including his service at Den Helder and Copenhagen. He covers in detail how Brock prepared Britain's Canadian provinces for the impending war with the United States, the events of the capture of Detroit, as well as the Battle of Queenston Heights, which cost Brock his life but from which he emerged as a major historical figure. The book includes an assessment of Brock's abilities as a general by an author who is himself a general with experience in various theaters of war.

B/w photos and maps, notes, biblio, index.
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1-206590 Rooney, David SURRENDER AT NEW ORLEANS: General Sir Harry Smith in the Peninsula and America General Sir Harry Smith won the lifelong respect and affection of the Duke of Wellington while serving in the Peninsula War. With the French defeated, Harry left with the British expedition to America in 1814, and witnessed the burning of the White House. The fiery Admiral Cochrane raged bitterly 'I am sorry you left a house standing in Washington - depend on it, it is a mistaken mercy.'

Later, Harry joined Wellington's brother-in-law, Ned Pakenham, in the invasion of Louisiana. On 8 January 1815, they attacked General Jackson's well prepared positions protecting New Orleans. A resounding defeat for the British, in which Pakenham was killed, it fell to Harry to take part in the surrender to General Jackson, and then to convey the dismal news to London. Approaching England, he heard the dramatic news of Napoleon's escape, which led to Harry's breathtaking experience at Waterloo.

The book covers the extraordinary lives of Harry and wife Juana, including their achievements and legacy in South Africa, and Harry's model victory in India in 1846, which made him a hero to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2014 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-207660 Schroeder, John H. THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN: A Brilliant and Extraordinary Victory On September 11, 1814, an American naval squadron under Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough defeated a formidable British force on Lake Champlain under the command of Captain George Downie, effectively ending the British invasion of the Champlain Valley during the War of 1812. This decisive battle had far-reaching repercussions in Canada, the United States, England, and Ghent, Belgium, where peace talks were under way. This examines the naval and land campaign in strategic, political, and military terms, from planning to execution to outcome.

Schroeder asserts that the United States really won the war four months before at Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain. Through a comprehensive analysis of politics and diplomacy, Schroeder contends that the victory at Lake Champlain prompted the British to moderate their demands at Ghent, bringing the war directly and swiftly to an end before Jackson's spectacular victory in January 1815. Includes six b/w illustrations and four b/w maps. 1 vol, 184 pgs 2015 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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2-48930 Skaggs, David Curtis and Altoff, Gerard T. SIGNAL VICTORY, A:The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-13 Using British, Canadian & American archives and documents, the authors present new insights along with new Battle Diagrams, photos/drawings, seven maps, chpt, notes, appendix, biblio, index. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2000 ANNAPOLIS, US NAVAL INST
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1-204530 Smith, Zachary THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: Including Previous Engagements between the Americans and the British The bulk of this work is an account of the final and decisive battle of the War of 1812. The American victory did much to advance the respect accorded the young nation, and a great deal to enhance the reputation of General Andrew Jackson.

In addition to an extensive account of the battle, there are brief biographies of General Jackson, General John Adair, Colonel Gabriel Slaughter, and Governor Isaac Shelby of Kentucky. There are maps and engravings, and several appendices giving alphabetized rosters of Kentucky soldiers in the battle. 1 vol, 242 pgs 2012 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-60310 Turner, Wesley B. BRITISH GENERALS IN THE WAR OF 1812 The author details the problems faced by all fiveof the British Generals 'High Command in Canada',b/w maps, appendicies, chpt notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 260 pgs 1999 MONTREAL, McGILL UNIVER
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1-204320 Yetwin, Neil TO MY SON: The Life and War Remembrances of Captain Mordecai Myers, 15th United States Infantry, 1812-1815 Mordecai Myers lived the most compelling life of any Jewish-American of his day. Born to impoverished immigrant parents, he spent his formative years (1776-1783) in New York City and, as a child of Loyalists during the Revolution, four years (1783-87) in the Nova Scotian wilderness. Upon the family's return to New York City in 1787, Myers embarked on several careers including military service (he was severely wounded in the War of 1812). 1 vol, 0 pgs 2012 US, OLD FORT NIAGARA ASSOCIATION
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