British Generals in the War of 1812: High Command in the Canadas

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In British Generals in the War of 1812 Wesley Turner takes a fresh look at five British Generals - Sir George Prevost, Isaac Brock, Roger Sheaffe, Baron Francis de Rottenburg, and Gordon Drummond - who held the highest civil and military command in the Canadas. He considers their formative experiences in the British Army and on active service in European and West Indian theatres and evaluates their roles in the context of North American conditions, which were very different from those of Europe. Turner answers ...

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Overview

In British Generals in the War of 1812 Wesley Turner takes a fresh look at five British Generals - Sir George Prevost, Isaac Brock, Roger Sheaffe, Baron Francis de Rottenburg, and Gordon Drummond - who held the highest civil and military command in the Canadas. He considers their formative experiences in the British Army and on active service in European and West Indian theatres and evaluates their roles in the context of North American conditions, which were very different from those of Europe. Turner answers questions about the quality of each general's leadership, particularly that of Isaac Brock, the best known of these five generals. He argues that Brock's charge up Queenston Heights - the basis for his heroic stature - was brave but hardly a demonstration of competent leadership. Turner also shows us that while the other generals displayed courage in combat, they had to face problems raised by American military successes and by the strains of warfare on the civilian population. British Generals in the War of 1812 explores why these commanders succeeded or failed and why, except for Brock, they are all but forgotten.

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Turner (retired-history, Brock U.) takes up the still smoldering controversy around the quality of leadership in Canada during the war. Looking at the five British generals who held the highest civil and military commands, he considers their formative experiences in the British Army and their service in European and West Indian theaters, and evaluates their roles in the context of the very different North American conditions. Alternative class E353; Canadian card order number: C98-901405-3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773539310
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Wesley B. Turner, retired from the history department at Brock University, is the author of numerous books on the War of 1812 including The Astonishing General: Sir Isaac Brock in Canada (2011). He lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Mr. Madison's War 3
1 Generals and Generalship 9
2 Disappointment: The Leadership of Lieutenant-General Sir George Prevost 24
3 Audacity: The Leadership of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock 58
4 Prudence: The Leadership of Major-General Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe 84
5 Detachment: The Leadership of Major-General Baron Francis de Rottenburg 101
6 Persistence: The Leadership of Lieutenant-General Sir Gordon Drummond 113
7 Comparing Generals 141
Appendix A Chronology of the War of 1812 157
Appendix B The Military Careers of British and American Officers in the War of 1812 160
Appendix C Correspondence between the Commander of the Forces and Captain Downie 162
Appendix D Prevost's Reports to Earl Bathurst 165
Abbreviations Used in the Sources 169
Notes 171
Bibliography 239
Index 257
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