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General War of 1812 Works
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.
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.
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.
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
Battle of Baltimore, 1814. by Joseph Whitehorne.
see review above.
to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812.
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!
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
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.
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.