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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 9:55 p.m. PST

"There is an enormous amount of material on this subject, including patriotic semi-mythology and stodgy summaries, bad enough to not even be wrong, which reference to your on-line library catalog will show you. My main intention here is to create interest (it is a very interesting story) and summarize the action, concentrating on the western activity that I believe was the focus of the war, not the usual maritime scuffles or political wrangling among the lawyers in Congress. Indeed, Congress was totally occupied by how to pay for the war, not how to fight it. For managing the fighting, President Madison appointed incompetents as Secretaries of War, one after the other, as was traditional. I enjoy exposing the sturdy incompetence of most of the military and governmental chiefs in the United States of the time. West Point, founded in 1802, was staffed by incompetents and imbeciles, and taught mainly dueling and drinking. Many officers classfied their generals, political appointees all, as cowards, drunkards, old grannies, or traitors, singly or in various combinations. Harrison, who was not an incompetent, provides much material for this in his struggles with the bureaucracy, and many other observers contribute as well. I have not, by any means, touched all the incompetent blundering by the braggarts of the time. The memory of the non-blunderers (Wayne, Harrison, Perry, Jackson) deserves preservation. Special attention is given to the American Indians, since the war was mainly an Indian war. The war specifically in the Northwest is treated in more detail in the page on William Henry Harrison…"
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Bowman10 Nov 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

There were plenty of incompetent blunderers on both sides.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2019 3:10 p.m. PST


When are you comming back to "Science" my good friend?


Bowman05 Dec 2019 6:40 p.m. PST

I got fed up arguing with those that slept through high school Science classes. Lol.

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