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War of 1812
Troops and Traditions

The War on Land and Joint Operations

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River were the major highways to the interior of the continent in the early nineteenth century. This meant that there were few purely land operations: every large-scale military movement had its maritime component, be it a fleet of bateaux to move supplies in a land of few and poor roads, or a flotilla of ships to maintain superiority or at least parity on one of the Great Lakes. Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the west of Upper Canada in 1813, where Perry's American victory on Lake Erie forced Procter's precipitate retreat and eventual defeat at Moraviantown.

George Stanley's The War of 1812 : land operations is widely regarded as the definitive work on land operations in general. This book includes the amphibious operations on the Atlantic seaboards, but not the Battle of New Orleans.

Antol, Sandy. -- A wampum denied : Proctor's War of 1812. -- [S.l.] : Carleton Univ. Press, 1998. -- 450 p. -- (Carleton library series : volume 191)

  • War on the Detroit frontier.

Graves, Donald E. -- "The War of 1812 along the St. Lawrence border and the Lake Ontario littoral : a Canadian perspective". -- In Saltzgaber, Jan M., ed. -- A shared heritage : the historical legacy of Sackets Harbor and Madison Barracks : the Sackets Harbor - Madison Barracks symposium. -- Ithaca, N.Y. : Ithaca College, 1993. -- P. 15-31

* Stanley, George F.G. -- The War of 1812 : land operations. -- [S.l.] : Macmillan, in collaboration with the National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada, 1983. -- 489 p. -- (Canadian War Museum historical publication, no. 18). -- Also published in French under the title : La guerre de 1812 : les opérations terrestres

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