1812: The Navy's War

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Basic Books, Oct 4, 2011 - History - 491 pages
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At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America’s prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean—but America’s war fleet, only twenty ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war: on the Great Lakes, in the Atlantic, and even in the eastern Pacific.

In 1812: The Navy’s War, prizewinning historian George C. Daughan tells the thrilling story of how a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame spectacular odds to lead the country to victory against the world’s greatest imperial power. A stunning contribution to military and national history, 1812: The Navy’s War is the first complete account in more than a century of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America’s future.

 

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User Review  - wildbill - LibraryThing

This was a thorough and detailed narrative of the naval actions during the War of 1812. There is some coverage of land battles but I would believe that every naval engagement in the war is at least ... Read full review

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User Review  - 4bonasa - LibraryThing

Very readable and thoroughly enjoyable stand alone story of Americas second war for independence. Mr. Daughan smoothly connects the major and minor political and military elements of the war into a readable story. Read full review

Contents

1 Road to War
1
2 Free Trade and Sailors Rights
13
3 Jeffersons Embargo and the Slide Toward War
23
4 Madisons Strategy
31
5 The United States Declares War
43
6 BlueWater Victories
53
7 The Constitution and the Guerriere
73
The Canadian Invasion
85
21 British and American War Plans
255
22 The British Blockade
277
23 The Essex
283
24 Burning Washington
291
25 The War at Sea Continues in 1814
311
26 Negotiations Begin at Ghent
325
27 Baltimore
333
28 Plattsburgh
341

9 Canadian Disasters Accumulate
103
10 More BlueWater Victories
121
11 The Constitution and the Java
135
12 A Sea Change
151
13 Napoleon and Alexander
163
14 The Canadian Invasion Resumes
173
15 The Chesapeake and the Shannon
187
16 Raids in Chesapeake Bay
199
17 Oliver Hazard Perry
207
18 Attack on Montreal
219
19 The War at Sea in 1813
229
20 The Allies and Napoleon
245
29 A Peace Treaty
353
30 The Hartford Convention
361
31 New Orleans
371
32 An Amazing Change
393
33 A New Era
403
The Importance of the War
413
Acknowledgments
419
Notes
421
Glossary
461
Select Bibliography
465
Index
477
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About the author (2011)

George C. Daughan holds a Ph.D. in American history and government from Harvard University and won the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for his previous book, If By Sea. He resides in Portland, Maine.

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