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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 8:03 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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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 3:30 a.m. PST

Well done.

If anyone visits Old Fort Niagara in upper New York state the bookstore/giftshop has a selection of first person narratives in booklet form for sale. I bought some of them when we were there in 2016. They are invaluable and are highly recommended.

I have the following:

-To my Son…The Life and Remembrances of Captain Mordecai Myers, 13th United States Infantry 1812-1815 edited by Neil Yetwin.

-First Campaign of an ADC: The War of 1812 Memoir of Lietentant William Jenkins Worth, United States Army edited by Donald Graves.

-Long Range guns, Close Quarter Combat: The Third United States Artillery Regiment in the War of 1812 by Richard Barbuto.

-Soldiers of 1814: American Enlisted Men's Memoirs of the Niagara Campaign, edited by Donald Graves.

-Sailors of 1812: Memoirs and Letters of Naval Officers on Lake Ontario edited by Robert Malcomson.

-Captain George Howard, United States Army: The Chronicles of a Connecticut Yankee on the Northern Frontier in the War of 1812, edited by Gregory Kloten.

-Green Coats and Glory: The United States Regiment of Riflemen 1808-1824 by John Frederickson.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 10:57 a.m. PST

Glad you like it Kevin!. (smile)

Thanks for the info!.


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