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  1. Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813
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  2. Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813

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One of the turning points in the War of 1812. In the fall of 1813 the largest army yet assembled by the United States invaded Canada, determined to capture Montreal. The courageous but ill-trained and badly led American forces were defeated by British, Canadian and native troops in two important encounters: the Battle of Chateuaguay and, above all, the Battle of Crysler's Farm, fought on a muddy field beside the St. Lawrence River.

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Donald Graves continues his expert telling of the tale of the fighting on the Niagara frontier in the War of 1812 with this chronicle of the abortive invasion of Canada by the inexpert American forces under the incompetent command of the treasonous General James Wilkinson. Factual, colorful, and authoritative, this book is a must for any student of the War of 1812 in particular and the Napoleonic period in general. Frequently overlooked as a very small sideshow compared to the huge conflagration in Europe, the War of 1812 is really America's, and Canada's, forgotten war. Fought over immense distances under incredible hardship with very small armies, the stakes fought for were unbelievably high, and the difficulty of waging war in this primitive wilderness, and the hardships endured by the troops, is simply unbelievable. High deeds and much incompetence takes place in this volume, where an outnumbered, but much more skilled and better led, British/Canadian force badly defeats an... Read more
The 1813 campaign against Montreal must rank as one of the most dismal episodes in US Military History. No wonder it takes a Canadian like Donald Graves to write about it, as no American historian has wanted to touch it! Yet there is much food for thought here, and we as Americans have a lot to learn from our poor showing at the battles of Crysler's Farm and Chatanquay. In America we are often found of pointing out how the British professionals lacked imagination and iniative. This seemed to be so during the Revolution. How did it change for the War of 1812? The fundimental difference appears to be that the 13 Colonies took a defensive posture against the Britishin the Revolution, while in the War of 1812 the United States was deffinitely the aggressor. Yet the laws of the United States did not provide well for offensive operations. State Militias could deny crossing international boundries, and did so freqeuently during this conflict. Also, the leadership in the United... Read more
Donald Graves writes a detailed and enjoyable account of one of the worst-managed campaigns in U.S. Army history, the fall 1813 invasion of Canada, that resulted in the debacle at Freeman's Farm.

The invasion was led (if you can call it leading) by General James Wilkinson. Wilkinson is easily the biggest scoundrel to ever wear an American uniform. While leader of the U.S. Army, he was also in the pay of Spain, to promote Spanish "interests" in America. He participated in the Aaron Burr conspiracy, only to switch sides and testify against Burr. He also tried to get Kentucky to secede from the Union. During the Freeman's Farm campaign, he dosed himself so heavily with laudenum that the soldiers thought he was drunk. Due to illness and medication, he never appeared at the front. Which fits his character, as he did not believe that a general's place was at the front. How this farce ever got and held command is unbelievable!

Yet he did, and thanks to his lack of... Read more
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