"Underfed British-led forces regularly raided farms in search of food. Shortages were particularly acute in Upper Canada from 1813 because the province could not meet the growing military demand, and the irregularity of supplies purchased from profiteering farmers in the United States and elsewhere forced soldiers to take matters into their own hands." p. 142. Roy Bickham. The Weight of Vengeance. Oxford, 2012.
"When it came to private property, Beckwith could either destroy it or negotiate tribute from the American civilians. “If you shall be enabled to take such a Position as to threaten the Inhabitants with Destruction of their Property," Bathurst instructed, "you are hereby authorized to levy upon them Contributions in return for your forebearance.... As one British officer unsympathetically reflected afterward, when American women complained to him as his troops destroyed buildings and carried off supplies, "Our reply used to be, 'You must ask your President, Jim Madison: he invited us." p.160. Roy Bickham. The Weight of Vengeance. Oxford, 2012.