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

By John R. Elting

Began in lack of understanding of the army evidence of lifestyles, fought with uncooked troops, in most cases incompetent officials, and insufficient logistics, the conflict 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 so much "unmilitary" warfare was once fought and nearly misplaced. 12 pages of illustrations. sixteen maps.

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Recruiting for the Regular Army was going very slowly—fewer than 300 men in N e w York during the previous six w e e k s — b u t he was not troubled. Having been saddled by Madison and Eustis with the additional, and distracting, responsibility for organizing the coastal defenses of the N e w England states, probably because they counted on his political influence in that area, on M a y 22 he proceeded with stately deliberation to Boston. T h e r e he found the N e w England states thoroughly recalcitrant about lending a hand to defend themselves.

In 1811 John Jacob Astor's newly established Pacific Fur Company had built Fort Astoria, the present-day Astoria, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River, thus reinforcing Lewis and Clark's claim of United States sovereignty over the Oregon area. News of the declaration of war did not reach Fort Astoria until January 15, 1813, and then through employees of the North West Company, which had been pushing from the north to gain control of the Columbia area. After a period of truce, Astor's representatives (who were mostly former North West Company men) learned through letters from Canada that a British warship was en route to seize their fort.

Cass drove the picket at the Canard River bridge back in a brief skirmish on the i6th, but was recalled by Hull, w h o wanted to postpone any attack on Fort Maiden until he could get some heavy guns from Fort Detroit. When the Ohio colonels protested the delay, Hull gave them their choice: he would attack at once if they considered their men ready to storm the fort. Miller said his regulars were; McArthur, Cass, and Findlay decided that their militiamen were not. A n d then the troubles began. Brock's warning to Captain Charles Roberts at Fort St.

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