A Very Brilliant Affair

- The Battle of Queenston Heights 1812

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A Very Brilliant Affair
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Bog, paperback
Udgivelsesdato:
19-04-2004
Sprog:
Engelsk
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224
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As summer turned to fall in 1812, two armies watched each other warily across the turbulent Niagara River that formed the border between the United States and British Canada. On the American side regular soldiers and state militia trained under the inexperienced, politically-appointed General Stephen Van Rensselaer, while on the British side General Isaac Brock worried about defending his long frontier with a meagre force of regulars and militia and a group of native warriors about whom he held serious doubts. This is, surprisingly, the first full-length study of the Battle of Queenston Heights. We see the American government stumble into war and send a weakly supplied forces to invade across the Niagara River and we follow the battle through the eyes of participants. The battle was a sharp lesson for the young U.S Army in its political masters in Washington and a critical morale booster in Upper Canada. The death of Brock led to an outpouring of grief among Canadians and an impressive monument was raised in his name. This new look at the battle tackles many of the myths that have grown over the years. Was Brock the hero of the day? Was this a victory for the Canadian militia? Were the oft-maligned New York militia responsible for their army's defeat? What was the role of the native allies of the British? Could the American invading force have won? Robert Malcomson's exciting and readable account will add a new level of appreciation for the drama and significance of the War of 1812.

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Udgivelsesdato:
19-04-2004
ISBN13:
9781896941332
Vægt:
690 g
Dybde:
30 mm
Bredde:
160 mm
Højde:
240 mm
Format:
Paperback
Udgave:
UK ed.
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