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When Washington Burned: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812

When Washington Burned: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812

by Arnold Blumberg

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A vivid account of the often forgotten 1812 conflict between a young United States and an imperial Britain, including maps and illustrations.
Scarcely three decades after the United States won its independence, the massive strength of its mother country returned, seeking to enforce its will on its wayward offspring. The combats were various in scale and ferocity, stretching from the wilds of the Canadian border to the swamps of New Orleans, while on the high seas, the fledgling American navy slugged it out bravely with fearsome Britannia—and achieved shocking success.
On land, the Americans initially had less luck and witnessed the burning of their new capital at Washington, DC, by British redcoats, even as a gallant bastion off Baltimore continued to hold its flag high beneath the “rockets’ red glare.” Though unnecessary for geopolitical purposes, as the war had already ended, Gen. Andrew Jackson punctuated the conflict profoundly with a disastrous defeat of Wellington’s veterans near the Crescent City.
Lavishly illustrated with dozens of images of the fighting and the soldiers, this book illuminates an exciting, even if frequently forgotten, episode in our history—one of America’s first great crises.

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ISBN-13: 9781612001135
Publisher: Casemate Publishers (Ignition)
Publication date: 09/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 56 MB
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About the Author

Arnold Blumberg, a native of Maryland, is a retired lawyer from the Maryland State Governement. He has for the past several years been a Visiting Scholar with the Classics Department of Johns Hopkins University. A frequent contributor to military history publications, he resides with his wife Marsha in Baltimore.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 The Road To War
CHAPTER 2 Amateurs To Arms
CHAPTER 3 Disaster At Detroit, Debacle At Queenston
CHAPTER 4 American Success At Sea
CHAPTER 5 Battle For The Lakes
CHAPTER 6 The Battles Of 1813
CHAPTER 7 Warships And Privateers
CHAPTER 8 The Niagara Front Ablaze
CHAPTER 9 Britain Invades America
CHAPTER 10 War In The South And The Battle Of New Orleans


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