America's First Crisis: The War of 1812
ISBN: 1438451342
EAN13: 9781438451343
Language: English
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2014
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.08" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback

America's First Crisis: The War of 1812

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Gold Medalist, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the U.S. History Category

The War of 1812, sometimes called America's forgotten war, was a curious affair. At the time, it was dismissed as Mr. Madison's War. Later it was hailed by some as America's Second War for Independence and ridiculed by others, such as President Harry Truman, as the silliest damned war we ever had. The conflict, which produced several great heroes and future presidents, was all this and more.

In America's First Crisis Robert P. Watson tells the stories of the most intriguing battles and leaders and shares the most important blunders and victories of the war. What started out as an effort to invade Canada, fueled by anger over the harassment of American merchant ships by the Royal Navy, soon turned into an all-out effort to fend off an invasion by Britain. Armies marched across the Canadian border and sacked villages; navies battled on Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, and the world's oceans; both the American and Canadian capitals were burned; and, in a final irony, the United States won its greatest victory in New Orleans--after the peace treaty had been signed.

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