While hesitation and a naval loss had stalled the British out in the north, other parts of their attack would achieve notorious success. Showing up his boss Governor Prevost, the Lieutenant Governor of Novia Scotia John Sherbrooke launched out in August with a small fleet of ships and a little under 3,000 men and headed […]Read more "Washington Burning"
As 1813 rolled into 1814, the European world was beginning to change. Napoleon had fallen victim to one of the Classic Blunders, and of the 685,000 men he had marched into Russia in 1812, fewer than 50,000 had marched home again. The following year saw every major power that had been comfortably under the French […]Read more "Pop the Champlain"
Oddly enough, the one bright spot for an America bruised from stomping on one too many military rakes to the face had been the naval war. Going into 1813, the United States’ small fleet of just 16 ships had actually achieved a measure of success against their British counterparts. In a series of one to […]Read more "On the High Seas and the Thames"
As 1813 dawned, the conflict would take an uglier turn for both sides. Initially, there was some grounds for optimism. The hapless General Hull in the west was gone, replaced by the old nemesis of Tecumseh and future forty day President, Major General William Henry Harrison. In no mood to waste time, Harrison opted to […]Read more "Raisin Hell"
From the start of the war the roles of both nations were well defined. America’s larger military strategy called for a three pronged invasion of Canada, relying on their superior local numbers and mobilization to bring down the territory quickly. Conversely, Britain’s ongoing war in the Iberian Peninsula and their more general blockade of Europe […]Read more "A Canadian Invasion"