Military Subjects:  War of 1812


The War of 1812 Magazine

Issue 5: December 2006


The War of 1812 Magazine: The First Campaign Season Comes to a Close

From the Editor John R. Grodzinski

American President Thomas Jefferson is purported to have one said that the taking of Canada would, in the year 1812, “be a mere matter of marching.” Subsequent events proved the false hope of these words, but they do highlight that things normally never come out as they are planned. Such was the case when this publication commenced in January, when it appeared, at least initially, that compiling, publishing and sustaining the War of 1812 Magazine would be a mere matter of a little work.

In truth, it turned out to be much like the other half of Jefferson’s statement, rarely quoted, where he said – if my source is correct – “that the acquisition of Canada this year as far as the neighbourhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack on Halifax next [e 1813], and the final expulsion of England from the American continent.” Building a quality publication is a difficult job, that takes time and rests on a strong, determined team dedicated to a common goal and nowhere is that more true than with the War of 1812 Magazine. As our fifth issue of the year appears, I would like to take this opportunity to thank a large number of people for their efforts. Firstly, to our contributors for providing articles, artwork, reviews, features, illustrations and commentaries that are what this publication is all about. As word of this publication spreads, so will the number of those who write for it and I look forward to what the next year has to offer.

The Editorial Board, which includes many respected historians, offers expert knowledge, editorial advice, writings and influence to further the quality of this publication. Weare stronger with them then without.

I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of two individuals, Donald E. Graves and Bob Burnham, who initiated this Magazine and who do so much to keep it going. Don has freely offered many articles he has written and documents he has transcribed for our use, while Bob works tirelessly to ensure that each issue is correctly edited and formatted for publication and who ultimately posts it to the Napoleon Series Website. Thank-you gentlemen. Tom Holmberg also provides quality editing for our book reviews.

Lastly, I would like to thank our readers and offer that the hope that it indeed gives you the information you need in an enjoyable, well-written and well-presented magazine. I hope we will see contributions from many of you in the future.

Best wishes to all for the Holiday Season and for the New Year.


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