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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2020 3:28 p.m. PST

-The British at the Gates by Robin Reilly.
-Military Uniforms in America, Volume II-Years of Growth 1796-1851, edited by John Elting.
-The War of 1812: Writings from America's Second War of Independence, edited by Donald Hickey.
-Joshua Barney: Hero of the Revolution and 1812 by Louis Norton.
-The Man Who Captured Washington: Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812 by John McCavitt and Christopher George.
-Amateurs, To Arms! A Military History of the War of 1812 by John Elting.
-The US Army in the War of 1812: An Operational and Command Study by Robert Quimby
-Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813 by Robert Malcomson.
-The Captain Who Burned His Ships: Captain Thomas Tingey, USN, 1750-1829.
-The Battle of Lundy's Lane by Donald Graves.
-While Washington Burned: The Battle for Fort Erie 1814 by Joseph Whitehorne.
-The Battle of Sackett's Harbor by Patrick Wilder.
-The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814 by Anthony Pitch.
-Don't Give Up the Ship: Myths of the War of 1812 by Donald Hickey.
-Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812 by C Edward Skeen.
-Flotilla: The Patuxent Naval Campaign in the War of 1812 by Donald Shomette.
-Naval Occurrences of The War of 1812 by William James.
-A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War between Great Britain and the United States of America by William James.
-The War of 1812: Land Operations by George Stanley.
-Sword of the Border: Major General Jacob Jennings Brown 1775-1828 by John Morris.
-A Very Brilliant Affair: The Battle of Queenston Heights 1812 by Robert Malcomson.
-Historical Memoir of The War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-1815 by Arsene Lacarriere Latour.
-The Battles at Plattsburg by Keith Herkalo.
-Memoir of Alexander Macomb, The Major General Commanding the Army of the United States by George Richards.
-The United States Army in the War of 1812 by John Frederickson.
-The War of 1812 by JCA Stagg.
-The War of 1812 by Harry Coles.

For the navies and naval warfare of the period, the following might be helpful:

-The Rise of American Naval Power by Harold and Margaret Sprout
-Edward Preble by Christopher McKee
-Stoddert's War: Naval Operations during the Quasi-War with France by Michael Palmer
-The Naval War of 1812 by Theodore Roosevelt
-The Age of Fighting Sail by CS Forester
-The Search for Speed Under Sail 1700-1855 by Howard Chapelle
-The History of American Sailing Ships by Howard Chapelle
-The History of the American Sailing Navy by Howard Chapelle*
-The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History edited by William Dudley (Volumes I and II and Michael Crawford (Volume III)
-The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815 by NAM Rodger
-Six Frigates by Ian Toll
-The Congress Founds a Navy by Marshall Smelser
-Ships of Oak Guns of Iron by Ronald Utt
-Navalists and Antinavalists: The Naval Policy Debate in the United States, 1785-1827 by Craig Symonds
-Perilous Fight by Stephen Budiansky
-1812: The Navy's War by George Daughan
-A Treatise on Naval Gunnery by Howard Douglas
-The Frigates by James Henderson
-Lords of the Lake by Robert Malcolmson
-Naval Occurrences of the War of 1812 by William James
-The USS Essex by Frances Robotti and James Vescovi
-Fighting Sail on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay by Barry Gough
-Thomas Macdonough by David Skaggs
-HMS Detroit: The Battle for Lake Erie by Thomas Malcomson and Robert Malcomson
-Captain Blakely and the Wasp by Stephen Duffy
-A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign 1812-1813 by David Skaggs and Gerard Altoff*
-Wellington's Navy by Christopher Hall
-Utmost Gallantry: The US and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812 by Kevin McCranie
-Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812, Volume 2 by AT Mahan
-Knights of the Sea by David Hanna
-Our Country Right or Wrong by DF Guttridge
-Oliver Hazard Perry by David Skaggs
-A Call to the Sea by Claude Berube and John Rodgaard
-Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom by Peter Padfield
-Broadsides and Boarders by Marvin Albert
-Dawn Like Thunder by Glenn Tucker
-The Influence of Sea Power upon the French Revolution and Empire by AT Mahan
-If By Sea by George Daughan
-Preble's Boys by Fletcher Pratt
-Millions for Defense by Frederick Leiner
-Splintering the Wooden Wall by Wade Dudley
-The Naval Chronicle, Volumes 29 and 30, edited by James Clarke and John McArthur
-Truxton of the Constellation by Eugene Ferguson
-The US Navy Pictorial History of the War of 1812 by Don Phillpott
-The Naval War of 1812 edited by Robert Gardiner
-Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars by Robert Gardiner
-The Line of Battle edited by Robert Gardiner
-Warships of the Napoleonic Era by Robert Gardiner
-The Sailing Navy 1775-1854 by Paul Silverstone
-Warships of the Great Lakes 1754-1834 by Robert Malcomson
-A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession by Christopher McKee
-The Frigates by Henry Gruppe
-Sailing Warships of the US Navy by Donald Canney

epturner Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2020 4:51 p.m. PST

You forgot:
"Navies in the Mountains" by Harrison Bird
"Jack Tars and Commodores" by Fowler
"Half-Hearted Enemies" by Boileau
"The Fatal Cruise of the Argus" by Dye

At least on the naval side.

Army side sits on a different set of bookcases upstairs.


Dennis16 Dec 2020 7:13 p.m. PST


-The Chesapeake Campaign, 1813-1814, by Charles Neimeyer
-Seamanship in the Age of Sail, by John Harland
-The Challenge, Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812, by Andrew Lambert

and in addition to the other works by James listed above,
-The Naval History of Great Britain vol. 6, by W.M. James

I'd also include vol. 1 (Kevin only lists vol. 2) of Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812, by Mahan; much of it concerns prewar stuff, but the last 100 pages or so is about the actual war.

And if you're going to include Stoddert's War: Naval Operations during the Quasi-War with France by Michael Palmer, then you might also include:

-Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War Between the United States and France, vols. 1-7
-Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars With the Barbary Pirates, vol. 1-6

The US Gov. Official Document histories I listed follow the pattern of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion and I think they are intended to include all available surviving documents; as such they are great resources. The three vols for the Naval War of 1812 (and I believe another is planned) include selected documents, not all surviving documents; but the documents selected for inclusion were done so with a eye toward being useful to historians and so are also extremely useful. There is also a documentary history for the Naval AWI (11 vols the last I checked) on the same plan, that is it does not contain all of the surviving documents.

There are also some books about individual naval events like Broke and the Shannon, but like Eric and Kevin I'm only including books in my library.

Jeff Knudsen might be along in a while to add some more.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2020 7:26 p.m. PST

Terrrific list..amazed how many I actually have, including the Quasi-war! I would add "The Iroquois in the War of 1812" by Carl Benn.

WillBGoode17 Dec 2020 8:12 a.m. PST

To add to this list here are some books by my friend Gerard T Altoff. He was my mentor in things War of 1812 and instilled in me a life long interest in the subject. We served on the NPS black powder safety team as instructors and spent many a evening at training talking about it. Thank you Gerry and hope you are doing well in retirement.

A signal victory : the Lake Erie campaign, 1812-1813 with David Curtis Skagg
Amongst my best men : African-Americans and the War of 1812

Deep water sailors, shallow water soldiers : manning the United States fleet on Lake Erie.
Leathernecks on Lake Erie : war of 1812

WillBGoode17 Dec 2020 8:13 a.m. PST

A few more additional books some many find of use.

The Adventures of Private Shadrach Byfield 41st Foot in North America, 1812-14

Feltoe, Richard. Redcoated Ploughboys: The Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 18131815: The Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815

Johnston, Winston. The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812-1816 : Who Were They and What Did They Do in the War? [Fencibles]

Feltoe, Richard. A Crucible of Fire: The Battle of Lundy's Lane, July 25, 1814 (Upper Canada Preserved ― War of 1812 6 volumes total)

Combined Index to Earnest A. Cruikshank's Documentary History of the Campaigns on the Niagara Frontier and Documents Relating to the Invasion of Canada and the Surrender of Detroit 1812

New York State Militia Index as of 4 July 1812

De Courten, Antoine. Canada 1812 1814: Fighting Under the British Banner. The Swiss Regiments de Watteville and de Meuron on the Fronts of the Niagara and Montreal.

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2020 11:10 a.m. PST

A free PDF from Cornell University:

The Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812 by Benson Lossing link

And a great little publication that has quite a few British uniform examples in color:

The British Army at Mackinac 1812 – 1815 by Brian Leigh Dunnigan

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