Niagara 1814: The Final Invasion

Overview

The War of 1812 (1812-1814) has the strange distinction of being a war largely forgotten by both of its main participants. Despite being overshadowed by the Napoleonic Wars raging in Europe, the War of 1812 saw Americans, British, Canadians, and Native Americans wage an increasing brutal conflict all along the border.

By 1814, with war coming to a close in Europe, the Americans decided to launch one last, major land offensive in an attempt to seize Canada. Although previous ...

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Overview

The War of 1812 (1812-1814) has the strange distinction of being a war largely forgotten by both of its main participants. Despite being overshadowed by the Napoleonic Wars raging in Europe, the War of 1812 saw Americans, British, Canadians, and Native Americans wage an increasing brutal conflict all along the border.

By 1814, with war coming to a close in Europe, the Americans decided to launch one last, major land offensive in an attempt to seize Canada. Although previous attempts had most often ended in disaster, the American army of 1814 contained several highly trained units under competent leadership including the legendary Winfield Scott. This final Niagara campaign saw a number of pitched battles including Chippawa, Lundy's Lane, and Cook's Mill, where the American Bluecoats matched the British shot for shot. However, due to poor planning at the highest levels of American office, the campaign was ultimately a failure and the result ensured the survival of Canada as an independent state.

A critically-acclaimed researcher on the War of 1812, author John Latimer presents a new look at an oft-forgotten yet crucially important campaign in the history of North America.

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"Overall, this is a well written volume, which would be a useful addition to any collection on that period, providing the reader with a large breadth of information in a very digestible format. The colour maps and illustrations are very clear and enhance the text." -www.napoleon-series.org July 2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034398
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 395,908
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Latimer lives in Swansea where he studied Oceanography, and after a varied career in environmental science now writes full-time. Jon also served for 17 years in the Territorial Army, including an attachment to the Australian Army Reserve. He has already written Campaign 73: Operation Compass 1940 for Osprey. He is also the author of The Art of Deception in War.
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Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign 5

Chronology 12

Opposing Commanders 14

American commanders

British commanders

Opposing Forces 18

American forces

British forces

Orders of battle

Opposing Plans 26

American plans

British plans

The Niagara Campaign 29

Invasion

Chippawa

An uneasy calm

Lundy's Lane

Conjocta Creek

Fort Erie Assault

Plattsburgh

Sortie

Cook's Mills and Malcolm's Mills

Aftermath 88

The Battlefields Today 91

Bibliography 94

Index 95

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

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    Niagara 1814: The Final Invasion

    The War of 1812 is a fairly forgotten time in American History. This book looks at the American invasion of Canada during the last year of the war. In typical Osprey fashion, the narrative is accompanied by period illustrations, exclusive paintings by artist Graham Turner, and 3-D maps of the prominent battles.
    Several battles are covered, including the siege of Fort Erie, Chippawa, and Lundy's Lane - fought within earshot of Niagara Falls. The battles were fought in July and August of 1814, and the reader must wonder how the soldiers could fight, clad in heavy wool uniforms. Still, both sides exhibited outstanding courage while facing the "big guns".
    Turner's paintings depict key moments in the battles, and, along with the other color and b & w illustrations, give a good idea of what the participants looked like.
    Chapters on the origins of the campaign, commanders, the aftermath, and the battlefield today are included in this 96 page book.
    Recommended to military history buffs, and those interested in the historical background of the Niagara region of Canada.

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