Oh yes this does not include the potenial of this years recovery. Perhaps the worst American general in the war and a candidate the worst ever in the history of the army was James Wilkinson, described on Page 353, the one-time ally of Aaron Burr, who ratted him out to Jefferson. Privateers did manage to account for some 1,600 ships over the course of the war, but as British historian Brian Arthur points out, that figure represented only 7. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. It, and the surrender of Fort Dearborn — in present day downtown Chicago — under the command of Capt. Utt has captured better than any other account I have read the horrific experience of ship to ship naval warfare of the time. The official Navy was of course supplemented by hundreds of privateers, which greatly evened the odds, but it was a remarkable, almost unprecedented achievement.
With the work demanding, pay low, discipline severe, and risk of death high from disease, injury, and combat, the British fleet—which at times numbered as many as a thousand ships—struggled with a perennial shortage of seamen. With the work demanding, pay low, discipline severe, and risk of death high from disease, injury, and combat, the British fleet—which at times numbered as many as a thousand ships—struggled with a perennial shortage of seamen. That war led to the loss of French Canada to the British, and the pursuit of revenge led France to provide essential military support to the American colonies during their War of Inde pendence. I don't remember being taught any of this in college history. The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans.
The official Navy was of course supplemented by hundreds of privateers, which greatly evened the odds, but it was a remarkable, almost unprecedented achievement. It wasn't until I finished the book and began to think about it that I realized how little of the greater picture was present. New York: Basic, 2011 76-77, George C. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation's great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. I didn't know very much about the War if 1812, and this book was immensely informative, funny, and adventurous. Readers will be unable to put down the book at certain points, especially when reading the chapters concerning privateering and some of the lesser known single-ship voyages against British merchant and warships. If the British had succeeded on that September 11, New York City, already blockaded by the Royal Navy, would have had no chance since the lake and the Hudson River were the quickest way for the nearly 400 miles separating Montreal and New York.
Woodbridge: Boydell, 2011 1, Jeremy Black. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch. Utt balances this over reliance by great use of primary sources. His chapter on the British campaign against Washington and Baltimore, the sacking of Washington and the successful defense of Baltimore is superb - informative and compelling in its detail and personification of the men and events on both sides. Thanks in part to the general mistrust of standing military forces during the years following the Revolution, the American Navy was still in its infancy during the War of 1812. Utt relies heavily upon secondary sources, some of whom, like Theodore Roosevelt, are clearly famous historical figures who held an interest in the War of 1812 but who can hardly be considered experts on the topic from a 21st century point-of-view.
Oddly, each chapter is essentially a sta Terrific - often engrossing. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U. Ships that did try to run the blockade were frequently captured- from March 30-July 22, the Royal Navy seized 138 ships, most of them American. Seems to me that they have a couple hundred million in assets not on the books. After Truman's gratifying stint at Fort Benning with Marshall and Von Schell, the next year of his life was spent at the Army War College in Washington D. He is good, but a bit less comprehensive, in his chapters dealing with the land battles of the war - certainly consistent with his title.
If you are looking solely for a book on the Navy you might be a bit disappointed. If you're looking for an engaging, well-written volume about the War of 1812, I recommend this book. As Utt masterfully argues, the United States Navy truly came into its own during the War of 1812, a conflict that is undergoing a renaissance in the pop history circle as the bicentennial of the war began in 2012. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch. There were two specific factors limiting me from giving this book a five star rating. For those unfamiliar with the Navy of this period, Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron is an animated place to begin.
This rounded out his training in such that it gave him a solid academic base followed by a chance to command a company of soldiers and gain hands-on experience. So where do you think we are today with oddessy. The scope of the work is such that it cannot cover the subject in minute detail, but it provides an excellent overview of the war. The North American squadron, which had not been in position in time to stop the first American warships venturing out on their commerce-raiding cruises, was able to post squadrons of warships just outside of American harbors, preventing the American super-frigates from venturing forth and keeping them bottled up for much of the war. In most cases, Utt keeps his narration of the land war to only a few pages in order to give readers an idea of how the sea war affected the land war and vice versa.
A glance at the bibliography reveals that he mostly consulted a couple of published primary and secondary sources, most of them well-known. The heroic and honorable actions of officers and sailors from both sides will keep readers captivated with tales of a breed of gentlemen warriors whose time has long since passed. His coffin was draped with the Stars and Stripes and his pallbearers were six British Navy captains whose obvious regard for the fallen foe was evident. There is an impressive amount of detail and personified accounts. It turned out to be one of many British mistakes — and not a few American ones — in the war. The Star Spangled Banner was composed after Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. When Napoleon seized power in 1799, Anglo-French warfare resumed with a vengeance and continued at a high intensity until Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo in 1815.
The British burned the White House. Accordingly, as he stood on the deck of the Adams, he suddenly seized a boarding axe, and in the presence of the crew, cut off the fingers of his right hand at a single blow. Mr Utt covered all the main action- both land and sea- from the beginning to the end of the war without getting bogged down in details that would make it a dry read. The aforementioned timeline and cast of characters make the book supremely easier to read. He writes with verve and a thorough understanding of maritime terminology. Perhaps the worst American general in the war and a candidate the worst ever in the history of the army was James Wilkinson, described on Page 353, the one-time ally of Aaron Burr, who ratted him out to Jefferson.