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British generals in the War of 1812 : high command in the Canadas /
Wesley B. Turner.
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Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
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xvi, 260 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0773518320
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imprint
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
isbn
0773518320
catalogue key
3141449
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-255) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-03:
The War of 1812 has been studied repeatedly, yet sharp differences of opinion remain, notwithstanding the tragedy and mediocrity of the event and the desire of the major protagonists to forget it. Turner (emeritus, Brock Univ.) offers a different perspective in this examination of the five British generals who held the highest civil and military commands in the Canadas during the War of 1812--Sir George Prevost, Sir Isaac Brock, Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe, Baron Francis de Rottenburg, and Sir Gordon Drummond. Rather than reexamining events, Turner compares the generals on the basis of a number of traits of generalship. These traits may be arbitrary, but the author's analysis is reasoned, mildly surprising given past views, and convincing. Brock barely retains his lofty reputation, but the other generals, particularly Drummond, appear less inept than in traditional interpretations. Turner may be too critical of Prevost, whose caution and unwillingness to sting the US too sharply reflect a sound appreciation of the strategic position of Britain at the time. Useful maps, photographs, several appendixes, and excellent notes contribute to the fine scholarship. All levels. P. T. Sherrill; University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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"[Turner] raises questions about [the generals'] leadership which have not hitherto been discussed, and he presents an argument about the advantages and disadvantages of combining military and civil power which throws new light on an old chapter of Canadian history." Jack Hyatt, Department of History, University of Western Ontario.
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This work takes a fresh look at five British generals and considers their formative experiences in the British Army and on active service in European and West Indian theatres.
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In British Generals in the War of 1812 Wesley Turner takes a fresh look at five British Generals - Sir George Prevost, Isaac Brock, Roger Sheaffe, Baron Francis de Rottenburg, and Gordon Drummond - who held the highest civil and military command in the Canadas. He considers their formative experiences in the British Army and on active service in European and West Indian theatres and evaluates their roles in the context of North American conditions, which were very different from those of Europe. Wesley Turner answers questions about the quality of each general's leadership, particularly that of Isaac Brock, the best known of these five generals. He argues that Brock's charge up Queenston Heights - the basis for his heroic stature - was brave but hardly a demonstration of competent leadership. Turner also shows us that while the other generals displayed courage in combat, they had to face problems raised by American military successes and by the strains of warfare on the civilian population. British Generals in the War of 1812 explores why these commanders succeeded or failed and why, except for Brock, they are all but forgotten.
Table of Contents
Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Mr. Madison's Warp. 3
Generals and Generalshipp. 9
Disappointment: The Leadership of Lieutenant-General Sir George Prevostp. 24
Audacity: The Leadership of Major-General Sir Isaac Brockp. 58
Prudence: The Leadership of Major-General Sir Roger Hale Sheaffep. 84
Detachment: The Leadership of Major-General Baron Francis de Rottenburgp. 101
Persistence: The Leadership of Lieutenant-General Sir Gordon Drummondp. 113
Comparing Generalsp. 141
Chronology of the War of 1812p. 157
The Military Careers of British and American Officers in the War of 1812p. 160
Correspondence between the Commander of the Forces and Captain Downiep. 162
Prevost's Reports to Earl Bathurstp. 165
Abbreviations Used in the Sourcesp. 169
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 257
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