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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 9:17 p.m. PST

"When the Americans invaded Upper Canada in 1812, both sides endeavoured to convince the locals, most of whom had come north from the US to be loyal to them. The Americans sought to have the Canadians, including the large number of French-Canadians living along the Detroit River to join with American ex-pats to defeat the British and to be welcomed into the fold of their US brothers. The Americans initially did not ask for military assistance but did ask for everyone to stay out of their way.

Gen. Isaac Brock was very fearful that the former residents of the US who had come to Upper Canada for land, would aid and abet any American invasion force…"
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RudyNelson15 Nov 2019 9:00 p.m. PST

In the South, the Hearts and minds campaign was key to American activities. Each of the three commands, West out of Miss, Northern out of Tenn and eastern out of GA approached the issue differently.
The Western command relied heavily on the Chickasaw and Choctaw companies and viewed all Muskogee as adversaries.
The Tenn force used thei Cherokee and Lower Muskogee troops as scouts but were very hostile to locals which resulted in the Hillibee massacres and atrocies in north Alabama near Tallasahachiie.
The Georgia force had the largest number of Lower Muskogee warriors near their patrolling and assault campaigns. More than once local commanders reported bands of Lower Creeks watching an operation as if on a picnic. They were often worried that the lower creek warriors would change sides if the Americans preformed badly.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2019 11:20 a.m. PST



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