Strange fatality: the Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813

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Robin Brass Studio, Oct 31, 2009 - History - 311 pages
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In the spring of 1813, the largest amphibious force in American history to that point - 6,000 troops aboard 140 vessels - landed near the mouth of the Niagara River, routed the British garrison and captured Fort George. It was the second consecutive American victory and a sign that events of 1813 would redress the calamities of 1812. The badly mauled British army reeled westward, its leadership uncertain where, or how, the retreat would end. The American forces were poised to deliver the critical blow the War Hawks in Congress had dreamed of when they predicted a four-week war to subdue the British province. 10 days later, in a field near Stoney Creek, the promise of that triumph was smashed in a terrifying night action which hinged on a single bayonet charge that carried the American artillery and decapitated the American force. Little understood, even by Canadians, Stoney Creek was one of the most decisive reversals of fortune in the War of 1812 and determined the fate of the colony that would become Ontario.

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A short work on an even shorter and sometimes obscure battle, Elliot manages to keep things interesting, and maintain the narration at a steady and comfortable pace. He labourously tries to straddle ... Read full review


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James Elliott is a Canadian journalist and author with a keen interest in early North American history. He has written widely on the War of 1812 and was a consultant on the award-winning television series "Canada: A People's History." He is also author of the critically acclaimed book "If Ponies Rode Men".

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