Synopses & Reviews
The end of the War of 1812 brought with it great political, economic, and social upheaval.
The sixth and final book of the Upper Canada Preserved -- War of 1812 series, The Ashes of War examines in detail the closing stages of the war on the Northern Frontier, including the two-month siege of Fort Erie, the engagement at Cook's Mills, the American attempt to recapture Michilimackinac (Mackinac), the tale of the Nancy, and the American raids into southwestern Upper Canada. It explores the impact that events occurring at the same time in the United States and at the peace negotiations at Ghent, in Europe, had on the ongoing war. It also examines the major military campaigns that were planned by the respective sides for 1815 -- that is, until news arrived of the signing of a British-American peace agreement on December 24, 1814, officially ending the conflict, but not the story.
The Ashes of War goes on to look at the significant post-war military, political, social, and economic impact the war had on England, the United States, the colonies of British North America (later Canada), and the Native nations on the continent.
A fitting and comprehensive conclusion to this critically acclaimed series on the War of 1812-1815.The other books in the series are: A Call to Arms, The Pendulum of War, The Flames of War, The Tide of War, and A Crucible of Fire.
The sixth and final book in the six-part series Upper Canada Preserved, War of 1812, examines the pivotal period between August 1814-March 1815, with particular emphasis on the final months of fighting, the march toward peace, and the aftermath of the war politically, economically, and socially.
About the Author
Richard Feltoe was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and holds a degree in economics from the University of London. He is the curator and corporate archivist for the Redpath Sugar Museum and is active as a living history reenactor, re-creating the life of a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812. He lives in Brampton, Ontario.
Table of Contents
War in the Middle of Nowhere: The American expedition to Mackinac
Taking Back What was Lost. The American expedition against Fort Michilimacinack.
Humiliation in the Wilderness. The battle of Michilamackinac, August 4, 1814.
Looking for Vengeance. The search for and destruction of the Nancy.
Out of the Ashes.
Revenge is Sweet
War on the Niagara Frontier
The retreat to Fort Erie
The Siege of Fort Erie
Phase I. Encirclement
Phase II. Assault and Disaster
Phase III. Stalemate
Phase IV. The American Sortie
Finale on the Chippawa River and winter quarters.
Scorched earth and desolation on the Thames and Grand Rivers.
Posturing, Politics, and Peace, the Treaty of Ghent.
Preparing for war and peace in Upper Canada, January - June 1815
Upper Canada Preserved? The uneasy peace and protecting the future.
Conclusion and Afterword