When Washington burned : an illustrated history of the War of 1812 /
Arnold Blumberg.
Philadelphia : Casemate Publishers, 2012.
206 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 26 cm.
1612001017 (hbk.), 9781612001012 (hbk.)
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Philadelphia : Casemate Publishers, 2012.
1612001017 (hbk.)
9781612001012 (hbk.)
contents note
The road to war -- Amateurs to arms -- Disaster at Detroit, debacle at Queenston -- American success at sea -- Battle for the lakes -- The battles of 1813 -- Warships and privateers -- The Niagara front ablaze -- Britain invades America -- War in the South and the Battle of New Orleans.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-199) and index.
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The complete story of the great conflict between a young United States of America and imperial Great Britain.
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To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, this book tells the complete story of the great conflict between a young United States of America and imperial Great Britain. From the roots of the conflict, through a profile of the two armies, to descriptions of the great battles and events of the war this work captures in one lavishly illustrated volume one of America's first great crises.Scarcely three decades after the United States won its independence, the massive strength of Mother country returned, seeking to enforce its will on its wayward offspring. The combats were various in scale and ferocity, stretching from the wilds of the Canadian border to the swamps of New Orleans, while on the high seas the fledgling American navy slugged it out bravely with fearsome Brittania, achieving shocking success.On land the Americans initially had less luck and witnessed the burning of their new capital at Washington DC by British redcoats, even as a gallant bastion off Baltimore continued to hold its flag high beneath the "rockets' red glare." Though unnecessary at the end for geopolitical purposes (the war had already ended), General Andrew Jackson punctuated the conflict profoundly with a disastrous defeat of Wellington's veterans near the Crescent City.Author Arnold Blumberg is a Visiting Scholar at the History Department of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a contributor to a number of leading military history journals. Illustrated with 100 images of the fighting and the soldiers, this book illuminates an exciting, even if frequently forgotten, episode in our history.

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