By Sandy Antal
This formative historical past takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the battle at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. robust key gamers (Procter, Tecumseh and Brock), their disparate warfare goals, and the "all or not anything" personality of the campaigns they waged nonetheless appear bigger than existence. but Sandy Antal's cautious reconstruction of local and nationwide aspiration, vested colonial curiosity, and territorial aggression, finds explanations and expedients that have been as frequently mundane as heroic. A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned occupation of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, lines the Canadian/British/Native part of the clash (amid a literature ruled via the yankee view), and casts new mild on an allied army approach that pretty much succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.
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Some sober congressmen, notably John Randolph, questioned the wisdom of attacking British power "in the frozen depths of Labrador," especially when the republic was wholly unfit to go to war. He viewed the scheme as a perilous and irresponsible adventure. Indeed, the standing American army barely exceeded the British forces in the Canadas. Congress hastily addressed this deficiency by authorizing an increase of twenty-six thousand men, plus fifty thousand volunteers for a "provisional army," to be further augmented by a hundred thousand militiamen.
Brocks Defence memorandum, nd. Feb. 1812, SBD 1: 288-89; Brock to Prevost, 2 Dec. 1811, Tupper, Brock, 126. 29 30 FORWARD MARCH! 24. Brock's Defence memorandum, nd. Feb. 1812, SBD 1: 288-89; Brock to Prevost, 2 Dec. 1811, Tupper, Brock, 125-26. 25. Robert Dickson to Brock, 18 June 1812. NAG, C 256: 211; Gray to Prevost, 13 Jan. 1812, SBD 1: 285-87; Capt. Roberts to Brock, 12 July, 1812, NAG, C 676: 156. 26. DCS 5: 693-94. 27. Capt. Gray to Prevost, 13 Jan. 1812, SBD 1: 284. 28. Prevost to Liverpool, May 18, 1812, DHCNF1812, Vol.
30 Sept. 1812, George W. Spragge, The John Strachan Letter Book. 1812-1834, 7. Distribution of regular troops in Upper Canada at the outbreak of war was: Royal Artillery 80 10th Royal Veteran Battalion 386 41st Foot 1014 Royal Newfoundland Regiment 369 1658 Total. By comparison, Lower Canada was defended by 5489 troops. The 49th Foot would shortly be sent up by Prevost. General Return of Troops in Upper and Lower Canada, 4 July 1812. DHCNF1812, Vol. 3: 98-99. 29. Strachan to Hon. Wilberforce, 1 Nov.
A Wampum Denied: Procter's War of 1812 by Sandy Antal