By John R. Elting
Started in lack of expertise of the army proof of lifestyles, fought with uncooked troops, commonly incompetent officials, and insufficient logistics, the battle of 1812 was once a close to catastrophe for the fledgling usa. This new volune in Algonquin's significant Battles and Campaigns sequence tells how our country's such a lot "unmilitary" battle was once fought and virtually misplaced. 12 pages of illustrations. sixteen maps.
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British traders bitterly resented its loss after the Revolution and were deadly eager to reclaim it. Mackinac Island has a fine natural harbor on its south coast, commanded by the fort, which was built on an abrupt ridge several hundred feet inland. In turn the fort was commanded by a still higher ridge several hundred yards behind it, but this had been of no importance in Indian wars. T h e fort, held by Lieutenant Porter Hanks and sixty-one artillerymen, was in a rather rickety condition, but mounted seven guns and had supplies and ammunition enough.
Dearborn immersed himself in politics and detail-chasing. Informed on June 22 that war had been declared on the i8th, he continued at B o s ton. Even Eustis finally would become alarmed and, by repeated orders, get him back at last to Albany on July 26. Once there. Dearborn would plaintively ask who was to command the secondary offensive on the N i a gara front. " Meanwhile out in the West, the war was in full swing and stumble. TWO Disaster in the West The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will he a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack of Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent.
He had two principal points to protect—Quebec, the capital of Canada, and Halifax, the site of England's major naval base in the Western Hemisphere. Since the tiny American Navy was no threat to Halifax, he could shift most of its garrison westward. Meanwhile the Royal Navy would move to blockade the major American harbors, preventing sorties by American warships and snapping up homeward-bound American merchant vessels. P R E V O S T ' S PLANS WERE SIMPLE. T h e United States' planning seemed equally simple, but it proceeded in the strategic vacuum provided by Madison, Eustis, and Dearborn.
Amateurs, to Arms!: A Military History of the War of 1812 (Major Battles and Campaigns) by John R. Elting