By John R. Elting
All started in lack of awareness of the army proof of lifestyles, fought with uncooked troops, normally incompetent officials, and insufficient logistics, the struggle of 1812 used to be a close to catastrophe for the fledgling usa. This new volune in Algonquin's significant Battles and Campaigns sequence tells how our country's so much "unmilitary" conflict was once fought and nearly misplaced. 12 pages of illustrations. sixteen maps.
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T h e few Americans who appeared at Prairie du C h i e n (now in southwest Wisconsin), the great inland center where Sioux, Sac, Fox, Winnebago, and Chippewa gathered to trade, had little prestige and less influence. T h i s weakness of the northwestern frontier and the probability of further Indian troubles made it essential that Detroit be rapidly and strongly reinforced. T h i s would not only overawe the "savages" but would prepare for an invasion of Upper Canada, an event long anticipated by land-hungry American westerners.
Johnson, hastily raised several hundred mounted riflemen and swept southern Indiana clear of war parties. Harrison'^ relieved Fort Wayne. Fort Harrison had a rougher time. Its tiny garrison was mostly on the sick list when Tecumseh led a strong band against it on September 4, and succeeded in burning down one of its blockhouses. Nevertheless, inspired by their commander. Captain Zachary Taylor, the garrison fought off all attacks until the arrival of a column of Kentucky militia broke the siege.
T h o u g h hasty raids might be possible, no army, however small, could carry out sustained operatioiis at any great distance from navigable water—river, lake, or ocean. And for all of their control of the sea, this factor hampered the British considerably more than the Americans: Canada lacked the resources to support an overland offensive, and England could never equip any of its expeditionary forces with enough draft animals and vehicles for such an operation. T h e s e same geographical factors gave the War of i812 a unique aspect.
Amateurs, to Arms!: A Military History of the War of 1812 (Major Battles and Campaigns) by John R. Elting