By John R. Elting
Started in lack of knowledge of the army proof of existence, fought with uncooked troops, normally incompetent officials, and insufficient logistics, the battle of 1812 used to be a close to catastrophe for the fledgling usa. This new volune in Algonquin's significant Battles and Campaigns sequence tells how our country's so much "unmilitary" struggle was once fought and nearly misplaced. 12 pages of illustrations. sixteen maps.
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Nevertheless, inspired by their commander. Captain Zachary Taylor, the garrison fought off all attacks until the arrival of a column of Kentucky militia broke the siege. Fort Madison was kept under sporadic harassment. Its crisis came a year later, on September 3 , 1 8 1 3 , when the Sac made a major attack. T h e garrison held firm, but its provisions were almost exhausted and there was no hope of reinforcement. T h a t night, therefore, a detail quietly dug a trench from one corner blockhouse to the riverbank where their boats were moored.
Undoubtedly he expected that Harrison's men would be huddled in their blankets, with only a few nodding sentries posted, and their ammunition damp from the rain. 3. Boyd had served during the Revolution, and had reentered the U . S . A r m y in 1808. 4. See pp. l O - I I . Military Uniforms in America, Vol. II: Years of Growth, i^gd-iSsi, Disaster in the West 23 Certainly the Prophet's plan was well thought out. , just before first light when human energy burns lowest, first sending in a wave of black-painted picked warriors who were to crawl through the American lines and kill Harrison and his senior officers.
Even before Brock had arrived at Fort Maiden, Procter had emplaced a battery of heavy guns and mortars on the high east bank of the river opposite Detroit. As soon as Hull's refusal was received, the battery opened fire; two Provincial Marine warships, the Queen Charlotte (eighteen guns) and the Hunter (ten guns), joined in. '^ T h e bombardment fell off during the night, but built up again in the morning. During the night, Tecumseh had slipped across the river with an estimated 600 Indians to surround the town on its south side.
Amateurs, to Arms!: A Military History of the War of 1812 (Major Battles and Campaigns) by John R. Elting