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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2019 8:26 p.m. PST

"When Americans consider the War of 1812, they may think of Francis Scott Key watching the unsuccessful British attack on Fort McHenry or of the USS Constitution thwarting ships of the world's most powerful navy in its "second war of independence." When any thought at all is given to the war on land, Andrew Jackson's campaign in New Orleans comes to mind.

But, in actual fact, the greater part of the fighting in this conflict, which drew in British, American, and tribal interests, took place on the frontier between the United States and Canada. Battles in Upper Canada (modern Ontario) were not only critical to the outcome, but arguably set Canada on its course toward eventual nationhood. In the region bordered by Lake Ontario to the north, Lake Erie to the south, and the Niagara River to the east, and along the St. Lawrence, professional soldiers like Thomas Pearson repelled American forces, refusing to yield British Canada. Pearson's story begins at sea…."
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Redcurrant08 May 2019 12:45 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting this Tango. It was an interesting read.

RudyNelson08 May 2019 8:48 a.m. PST

An obvious hero was Sam Houston who took an arrow into his thigh as he crossed the defensive ramparts at Horse Shoe Bend. His wound kept him from participating in the Battle of New Orleans.

One local frontier hero in Alabama was Sam Dale. He and his negro servant/slave intercepted a war canoe in the river. While the servant held the canoes together, Dale was able to kill or wound every Upper Creek warrior in the war canoe. There was nine to eleven warrior in the dugout.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2019 10:59 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2019 1:11 p.m. PST

Yes, a very concise and interesting article about one of the most effective British field officers of the War of 1812. For more see "Fix Bayonets" by Donald Graves.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2019 11:35 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!.


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