Amateurs, to Arms!: A Military History of the War of 1812 by John R. Elting

By John R. Elting

Started in lack of information of the army proof of lifestyles, fought with uncooked troops, as a rule incompetent officials, and insufficient logistics, the warfare of 1812 used to be a close to catastrophe for the fledgling usa. This new volune in Algonquin's significant Battles and Campaigns sequence tells how our country's so much "unmilitary" warfare was once fought and virtually misplaced. 12 pages of illustrations. sixteen maps.

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This battalion was scattered in small garrisons across the length and breadth of Canada. 48 AMATEURS, TO ARMS! der. T h e flag was accompanied by three local citizens whom Roberts had swiftly collected; they blabbered at Hanks about Indians, bloody murder, and needless bloodshed. (Both sides understood that, once shooting started, the Indians would get joyfully out of hand. ) In any event. Hanks was no hero. ) Civilians, Dousman excepted, were told they must swear allegiance to K i n g George or leave within a month.

Joseph's Island, in the strait between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Resting his weary men and horses at Detroit, Hull assessed his position. Detroit was still a largely French-Canadian village, dirty and unhealthy, of some 800 inhabitants, surrounded by a twelve-foot palisade. Fort Detroit, built on a slight rise behind the town, was a square, twoacre earth-and-wood structure, surrounded by a dry ditch. It had some forty guns, not all mounted, and an ample stock of ammunition, but its field of fire was partially blocked by the town, and it did not command the Detroit River.

O n October 16 the former therefore sold out to the latter at a fair profit, though not enough to satisfy Astor. Equally disappointed was the commander of the British sloop-of-war Racoon, who arrived on December 13 to find the North West Company in full and legal possession of his anticipated loot. However, he did raise the British flag over Fort George (as he renamed Astoria), and proclaimed the Oregon territory a British possession. Except for a few wandering trappers, the United States now had no presence west of the Black Hills.

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