Merry Hearts Make Light Days: The War of 1812 Journal of Lieutenant John Le Couteur, 104th Foot

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In 1812, seventeen-year-old John Le Couteur, a British officer, arrived in Nova Scotia to learn that war had broken out between the United States and Great Britain. For the next three years he campaigned from Halifax to Buffalo, and he left this entertaining memoir of his experiences of storm-tossed voyages, arduous winter marches, battles and the perils of courtship, played out against the splendid landscapes of North America. His journal is regarded as one of the most useful and entertaining from the War of ...
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Overview

In 1812, seventeen-year-old John Le Couteur, a British officer, arrived in Nova Scotia to learn that war had broken out between the United States and Great Britain. For the next three years he campaigned from Halifax to Buffalo, and he left this entertaining memoir of his experiences of storm-tossed voyages, arduous winter marches, battles and the perils of courtship, played out against the splendid landscapes of North America. His journal is regarded as one of the most useful and entertaining from the War of 1812.
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Probably the most valuable book on the War of 1812 to surface in years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896941660
  • Publisher: Robin Brass Studio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Graves, one of Canada's best known military historians, is the -author or editor of 20 books primarily on the War of 1812 and the Second World War. His studies on the battles of Lundy's Lane (Where Right and Glory Lead!) and Crysler's Farm (Field of Glory) are established classics of musket-period warfare.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Editor s Note 29

1 "Gentleman Cadet": Childhood, Preparatory School and the Royal Military College, 1794-1810 33

2 "A brat of a boy who had never seen a shot fired": The Young Officer, January 1811 to June 1812 51

3 "I had seen wounds and death in real war!": Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, June 1812. to March 1813 67

4 "We must march forty years'before we halt!": Overland to Upper Canada, February to April 1813 92

5 "A scandalously managed affair": Garrison Duty at Kingston and Action at Sackets Harbor, April and May 1813 108

6 "No surprises with Nitchie on the lookout": Action in the Niagara, June to October 1813 126

7 "The cheering society of an amiable circle of young gentlewomen": Kingston, October 1813 to June 1814 146

8 "A soldier's life is very horrid sometimes": The Batde of Lundy s Lane, 25 July 1814 172

9 "A disgraceful day for Old England": Conjocta Creek and Fort Erie, August and September, 1814 183

10 "The prettiest little affair any of us had ever seen": On the Lines of Communication, September and October 1814 197

11 "The close of a hot and unnatural war": Garrison Duty at Kingston, October 1814 to March 1815 210

12 "It was a delightful sejour for a soldier": Peacetime Garrison Life in Kingston and Montreal, April to December 1815 221

13 "Leave the Britisher alone!": The United States and Curacao, January to March 1816 242

14 "Adieu to all other professions!": An Ocean Voyage, Jersey and Canada, March 1816 to June 1817 252

Bibliography 275

Index 281

Maps

Southern Britain and the Channel Islands 35

The Northeast 69

The Overland March of the 104th Regiment, 1813 94

The War of I8IZ: The Northern Theatre 124

The Niagara 127

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