Military Subjects:  War of 1812

The War of 1812 Magazine

Issue 11: June 2009


By John R. Grodzinski


A syndicate from the Canadian Forces College Joint Reserve Command and Staff Programme discuss the finer point points of operational planning on the field of Chippawa (fought on 5 July 1814), during a 2008 field study exercise. The group is standing where the right hand portion of Scott’s brigade deployed. The Niagara River is in the background (Photo by John R. Grodzinski)

Welcome to the eleventh issue of the War of 1812 Magazine. Our production was held up slightly at your fearless editor was engrossed in preparations for doctoral exams, but as these have now been successfully completed, we are pleased to offer a new issue of the Magazine. The current publication plan will see three issues published each year, with issues in the Summer, late fall/early winter and the late winter/early spring.

A glance at the new publications section will demonstrate that his has been a very good year for new literature, including campaign, the forces involved, political and other studies by authors from America, Britain and Canada. Interest in the war is growing and our understanding of it is advancing with each new book, and there is so much more to come.

Similarly, there are new archaeological projects underway all across the Western half of the continent that has also resulted in new media interest.

This issue also commemorates the loss of two War of 1812 historians this year, as you will read in the In Memoriam section.

Two hundred years ago, James Madison was sworn in as the fourth President of the United States, inheriting the problems of Anglo-American relations from President Jefferson. It is interesting to note in the year of the inauguration of the 44th President, that Madison was the first president to wear an inauguration costume that was completely made in the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, efforts continued to resolve the growing trade problems between the two countries and by the end of the year, diplomacy seemed to be failing and other options were under consideration. Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost, the lieutenant governor and commander in chief in Nova Scotia, was told to be ready to assume the governorship and command in British North America, as the current governor, Sir James Craig was suffering from poor health. British authorities wanted to ensure both posts were held by an experienced soldier. The lines were being drawn.

Again, I encourage readers of this Magazine to contribute articles and reviews. If you are interested, please contact the editor.

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