Amateurs, to Arms!: A Military History of the War of 1812

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1991 - History - 353 pages
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Begun in ignorance of the military reality, the War of 1812 was our "most unmilitary war," fought catch-as-catch-can with raw troops, incompetent officers, and appallingly inadequate logistics. American soil was invaded along three frontiers, thte nation's capital was occupied and burned, and the secession of the New England states loomed as a possibility. In Amateurs, to Arms! distinguished military historian Colonel John R. Elting shows how the young republic fought and almost lost its "Second War for Independence," and how it was saved by the handful of amateur soldiers and sailors who survived, masters their deadly new professions, and somehow battled Great Britain to a standstill along our wilderness borders and on the high seas.

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Having reduced the U.S. Army during the Jefferson administration, the new nation was totally ill-equipped for the war it would wage against British troops in 1812. Plagued with inexperienced recruits ... Read full review


ONE Of Arms and Men Bad Roads and Short Rations I
TWO Disaster in the West
THREE Champlain and Niagara

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Colonel John R. Elting was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1911 and graduated from Stanford University and the Colorado State College of Education. A professional soldier for much of his life, he retired from the United States Army in 1968. He has written and edited numerous books on military history.

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