By John R. Elting
Began in lack of know-how of the army proof of lifestyles, fought with uncooked troops, regularly incompetent officials, and insufficient logistics, the battle of 1812 was once a close to catastrophe for the fledgling usa. This new volune in Algonquin's significant Battles and Campaigns sequence tells how our country's such a lot "unmilitary" warfare was once fought and nearly misplaced. 12 pages of illustrations. sixteen maps.
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Thanks in part to a heavy rain that burst over the battlefield, Muir got back to his boats and escaped across the river. Instead of pushing ahead, the Americans milled in place. T h e i r casualties had been heavy, eighteen killed and sixty-four wounded (Procter admitted to six killed and twenty-one wounded, apparently not including Indians and militia), but Hull soon reinforced them. T h e r e were excuses that the rain had ruined the road, which had already been "ankle-deep" in mud, and the soldiers' rations were insufficient.
M a j o r General Stephen Van Rensselaer, August 31, 1812 WHEN, ON AUGUST 3, 1812, Major General Henry Dearborn at long last had comprehended that his area of responsibility included the N i a gara frontier as well as Lake Champlain, his solution was to request that 1,000 N e w York militia be mobilized, and then to thrust the problem of launching an invasion upon Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer. ^ Van Rensselaer's mission was to force a crossing of the Niagara River, in order to cut the main west-bank Portage Road between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
Otherwise, they would try to wear the garrison down by sniping, or to set the fort on fire. But they practically never risked a mass assault, even when they had warriors enough to overwhelm a weak garrison in one determined rush. Fort Dearborn was the first to go. Fort Mackinac's capitulation having cut its only practical supply line, Hull had promptly dispatched a wellknown frontiersman named William Wells with thirty mounted Miami Indian scouts to order its garrison to withdraw across country to Fort Wayne.