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Exciting excerpt from "Field of Glory" The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813

The Battle of Baltimore, 1814 reviewed by Peter Twist

"Field of Glory" The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813 by Donald E. Graves

"Where Right and Glory Lead!" The Battle of Lundy's Lane, 1814 by Donald E. Graves

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General War of 1812 Works

Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814 by Anthony S. Pitch. After extensive research, this author has painstakingly recreated the events of 1814 around the US capital with the excitement and drama of a novel. Very enjoyable. 

British Generals in the War of 1812: High Command in the Canadas by Wesley B. Turner. Great premise.  Who was the best British leader during the War of 1812?  Individual chapters are devoted to Brock, Prevost, Sheaffe, de Rottenburg, and Drummond and a criteria for what makes a good general is established. With a 1/4 of the book devoted to endnotes, to say Professor Turner is thorough is an understatement.  

The Iroquois in the War of 1812.  by Carl Benn.  Thoroughly reseached, this book represents one of the best works so far on the Indian participation in the war.  One definitely for the bookself. Hopefully more will follow to further tell their story.

Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814.  by Robert Malcomson.  To make things simple, this is the definitive work on the subject!  If your interest is in the navy during the War you need this one.  The North American Society for Oceanic History presented Lords of the Lake with the John Lyman Book Prize as "The Best Work in Canadian Naval and Maritime History" published during 1998. 

Battle of Baltimore, 1814. by Joseph Whitehorne. see review above. 

Guide Book to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812. by Gilbert M. Collins.  This summer take a tour of the various War of 1812 historic sites.  And when you do, take this book along.   If you can't go.  Get this book and find out just how many you will be missing! 

A Wampum Denied: Procter's War of 1812. by Sandy Antal.  Everyone has heard of Tecumseh.  Well Procter commanded the British forces Tecumseh worked with on the Detroit frontier. He commanded at River Raisin, seiges of Forts Miegs and Stephenson, and at the Battle of the Thames where Tecumseh fell.  If you are interested in these events this book is for you.

Personal Accounts and Documents

Select British Documents of the Canadian War of 1812 by William C. Wood  (Vol. 1 to 4) - Not visiting the National Archives of Canada that often.  This volume series is the next best choice.  In the 1960s Mr Wood compiled many of the most important documents on the War of 1812 as well as lesser ones.  Capitulations, General Orders, Regimental Orders, Court Martials, Personal Accounts, concerning battles, training, governing, stores, women, clothing, Indians.... are all in here.  Anyone writing about the war consults this series.  The volumes at Barnes and Noble are listed as Vol. 13, 14, 15, & 17.  This is because they were published as part of works of the Champlain Historical Society. 

Merry Hearts Make Light Days: The War of 1812 Journal of Lieutenant John Le Couteur, 104th Foot Ed. by Donald E. Graves. Arguably the best personal account of the War of 1812. Life of a subaltern officer is superbly captured with the quill of John Le Couteur.  His account takes across the Province of New Brunswick on snowshoes and through the most hotly contested battles of the war.

Medical Topography of Upper Canada by John E. Douglas. As an assistant surgeon of the 8th Regiment, Douglas served throughout the war and provided a detailed study of the diseases and conditions the British soldiers laboured under.  Though written for a contemporary medical audience, it provides important details to the understanding of life during the War of 1812.

Soldiers of 1814: American Enlisted Men's Memoirs of the Niagara Campaign. Ed by Donald E. Graves.     Experiences of the common soldier are difficult to come across.  However Mr Graves have brought some to the main stream.

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