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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2018 10:21 p.m. PST

"For some of the participants in the War of 1812 the conflict was the defining moment of their lives, and they were well aware of it. A number of young soldiers penned brief diaries and journals that show how the war began for them as an adventure, but ended in many cases with injury, imprisonment and grief. For women, too, the war was a trial, a test of their fortitude and resourcefulness, but it was also a window onto a wider world. Their journals in turn have become our window onto a war that took place two centuries ago.

The substantial first-person record of the war comes primarily from the educated classes officers and their wives. Two exceptions to this are the excellent memoirs written by of the British foot solider, Shadrach Byfield, and the American militiaman, William Atherton. Their experiences encompass the full experience of war battles, injuries, imprisonment and aftermath…."
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