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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2022 7:49 p.m. PST


"Between July 1812 and 1813, the United States, at war with Great Britain, tried and failed seven times to invade Canada. In autumn 1813, an eighth attempt sent two American armies to seize the St. Lawrence River and Lower Canada, now Quebec Province. A textbook study in how not to coordinate an offensive strategically and tactically, the St. Lawrence campaign brought about one of the bloodiest land battles of the War of 1812 and a pair of battlefield encounters Canadians regard as iconic.

U.S. Secretary of War John Armstrong Jr., who held the Army rank of lieutenant general, conceived the St. Lawrence campaign as a two-pronged invasion that he originally intended to lead himself. He soon delegated command of the larger force, however, to his second in command, Maj. Gen. James Wilkinson. Wilkinson was to lead 8,000 troops accompanied by a squadron of gunboats and bateaux out of Sacketts Harbor, New York, on the southeastern corner of Lake Ontario, and move north along the St. Lawrence River, where it would meet 4,000 men under Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton, coming up from Plattsburgh, New York, about 170 miles east-northeast. As a prelude to conquering all of Lower Canada, a region of 206,250 square miles, the combined divisions were to capture Kingston on Lake Ontario. Soon, however, Armstrong, judging that lake port too well defended, changed the objective to Montreal. He expected the expedition to commence on September 15, 1813…"

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 6:05 a.m. PST

And don't forget this lestwise anyone gets any crazy ideas

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 6:24 a.m. PST

….or we'll just have to go down and burn the white House again…."Rockets red glare" notwithstanding…

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 9:07 a.m. PST

Well, I did not bother to read the article re the sweeping and inaccurate first sentence. The invasion and destruction of Fort York and the town of York (capital U.C.) April 1813, Successful Amphibious landing and taking of Fort George and the Niagara region May 1813 and the invasion of Sandwich and the destruction of Fort Malden and followed by a victory at the Battle of the Thames, to name but a few.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 11:13 a.m. PST

@DJ is that a promise? 😉

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 2:40 p.m. PST



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