The War of 1812 Magazine
Edited by: Matthew MacVittie
Sponsored by Robin Brass Studio
From the Editor
Welcome to the War of 1812 Magazine, a regular feature of the
Napoleon Series website. The aim of the Magazine is to provide a variety
of articles, book and other reviews, commentaries, documents and other
material related to the War of 1812, an oft-neglected aspect of the
Napoleonic Wars and the only war fought between
While popularly regarded as a minor scrap between American backwoodsmen and a handful of British soldiers supported by natives and Canadian militia, with the occasional encounter between fir built vessels, the War of 1812 was a far ranging and complex conflict, involving campaigns and battles fought over a vast territory, from the Upper Great Lakes, through much of modern Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, Upstate New York and the eastern seaboard of the continent from Halifax to the Gulf of Mexico, all of which were linked to events in Europe.
Military operations included amphibious operations, overland campaigns and pitched battles that tested the mettle of the soldiers and the leadership skill of officers. The limited communication network made the control of inland waters imperative for mobility, while sustaining the forces placed significant logistical demands on both armies.
The complex diplomacy surrounding the war’s beginning
and the negotiations that concluded it were conducted during a major
global conflict and are still debated today. What is clear is that
the war in North America was a direct result of the “Great War” in
Europe that overshadowed the “forgotten Napoleonic theatre” across
The war also had a significant civil dimension, that involved
the displacement of people, the burning of villages, and economic
disruption. The political effects influenced the future of the
As stated, the purpose of the magazine is to provide a forum for the study of this conflict. We invite readers to offer the results of their research in the form of articles, reviews, documentation, commentary, material culture, imagery, film and other related items.
Guidelines for contributors are the same as that for the Napoleon Series. A link to the Writer’s and Format Guide appears below. We hope you will consider contributing to this unique publication.
Thank-you for visiting the War of 1812 Magazine and we hope you enjoy reading it!
The Napoleon Series, which is home to this publication, has developed a Writer’s and Format Guide, which provides potential contributors with much useful information on preparing their work. It also makes the work of the site editor much easier; all contributors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.