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Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814

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Of all the struggles that took place along the border between the United States and the British provinces in Canada during the War of 1812, the one that lasted the longest was the battle for control of Lake Ontario. Because the armies depended on it for transportation and supply, control of the lake was a key element in American invasion attempts and the defensive actions of the British. In the end, unprecedented freshwater fleets had been built in Kingston and Sackets Harbour, domination had passed back and ...
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Overview

Of all the struggles that took place along the border between the United States and the British provinces in Canada during the War of 1812, the one that lasted the longest was the battle for control of Lake Ontario. Because the armies depended on it for transportation and supply, control of the lake was a key element in American invasion attempts and the defensive actions of the British. In the end, unprecedented freshwater fleets had been built in Kingston and Sackets Harbour, domination had passed back and forth, but the contest had not been won decisively by either side. Lords of the Lake is the first full-length study of this aspect of the War of 1812. It tells the story of how the contest was waged from the days of the incompetent Provincial Marine squadron to the launch of the 104-gun ship St. Lawrence. The feats and failures of the opposing commodores, Isaac Chauncey and Sir James Yeo, are described, as are the roles played by key military and political leaders in shaping the course of the war.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557505323
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Classics of Naval Literature Series
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Robert Malcomson was a leading expert on the War of 1812 and the Age of Sail on the Great Lakes. He wrote several acclaimed books, including Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813 and A Very Brilliant Affair: The Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812, and was well known for the battlefield tours he led of the battlefield at Queenston Heights for the Friends of Fort George.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A Note about Time and Terminology
1 "On the Banks of the Lake": Lake Ontario before the War 3
2 "Opposing Force to Force": War is Declared: 18 June 1812 11
3 "Our Navy ... Is Worse Than Nothing": The Failure of the Provincial Marine: July-November 1812 25
4 "The Command of Lake Ontario": Chauncey's Season of Success: September-December 1812 38
5 "Our Prospects Are Far ... from Flattering": Winter Projects: December 1812-March 1813 57
6 "Everything Shall Be Prepared": Planning the Campaign: February-April 1813 79
7 "Things Would Have Turned Out Better": The Attack on York: 27 April 1813 103
8 "They Fought ... Like Lions": Fort George and Sackets Harbour: May 1813 124
9 "We Have the Lake Open to Us": The Royal Navy at Large: June and July 1813 141
10 "Deer, She's Gone!": The Commodores Meet: August 1813 164
11 "Give the Vapouring Dog a Sound Drubbing": Engagement at the Genesee: 11 September 1813 181
12 "All or None": The Burlington Races: 28 September 1813 194
13 "A Mere Attendant upon the Army": The St. Lawrence Campaign: October-November 1813 212
14 "Such a Force ... May Save the Country": British Naval Escalation: November 1813-March 1814 227
15 "An Augmentation of Our Naval Force": Preparations at Sackets Harbour: November 1813-April 1814 244
16 "Wary Measures and Occasional Daring Enterprises": Actions at Oswego and Sandy Creek: April-June 1814 259
17 "For God's Sake Let Me See You": Strife among the Senior Officers: June-November 1814 284
18 "Returning Peace at Length Is Heard": Winter Arrives and the War Ends 313
App. A Overview of the British and American Squadrons on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814 327
App. B The Opposing Squadrons, Autumn 1812 329
App. C British Gunboat Flotillas during and after 1813 331
App. D The Opposing Squadrons in May and June 1813 333
App. E The Opposing Squadrons, 8-11 August 1813 335
App. F The Opposing Squadrons at the Engagement near the Genesee River, 11 September 1813 337
App. G The Opposing Squadrons at the "Burlington Races," 28 September 1813 339
App. H The Opposing Squadrons in 1814 341
Glossary 343
Endnotes 353
Bibliography 391
Index 399
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