Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812 / Edition 1

Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812 / Edition 1

by C. Edward Skeen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813120896

ISBN-13: 9780813120898

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Winner of the Army Historical Foundation Book Award

During the War of 1812, state militias were intended to be the primary fighting force. Unfortunately, while militiamen showed willingness to fight, they were untrained, undisciplined, and ill-equipped. These raw volunteers had no muskets, and many did not know how to use the weapons once they had been issued.

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Winner of the Army Historical Foundation Book Award

During the War of 1812, state militias were intended to be the primary fighting force. Unfortunately, while militiamen showed willingness to fight, they were untrained, undisciplined, and ill-equipped. These raw volunteers had no muskets, and many did not know how to use the weapons once they had been issued. Though established by the Constitution, state militias found themselves wholly unprepared for war. The federal government was empowered to use these militias to "execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions;" but in a system of divided responsibility, it was the states' job to appoint officers and to train the soldiers. Edward Skeen reveals states' responses to federal requests for troops and provides in-depth descriptions of the conditions, morale, and experiences of the militia in camp and in battle. Skeen documents the failures and successes of the militias, concluding that the key lay in strong leadership. He also explores public perception of the force, both before and after the war, and examines how the militias changed in response to their performance in the War of 1812. After that time, the federal government increasingly neglected the militias in favor of a regular professional army.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813120898
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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