Friday, September 26, 2014

War of 1812

26 Sept 2014

88 days to the Treaty of Ghent 24 Dec 1814

Today I deviate from my normal posts. The War of 1812 and WW1 activities are a little slow. However the following could be of interest to all who are interested in Canadian History

200 years ago  War of 1812
Ref;  Legion Magazine  Sept/Oct 2014
"On This Date". September items are located on the Legion Website
14 Oct 1914.  The First Canadian Contingent arrives in a massive convoy at Plymouth
  and Devonport. They will soon be training on Salisbury Plain in a sea of mud.
NOTE. Legion Magazine will be selling in October a book entitled.
  "Canada and the Great War  The Battles".  It will be available in all bookstores.

Ref;  Canada's History [Formerly 'The Beaver']  Oct/Nov 2014
Special  Commemorative World War Issue
              The World Wars  How they changed everything
              TV Station TVO is commemorating a Remembrance month this November
                   A few are; Days of Remembrance, Sat 8 Nov - Tues 11 Nov.
                                     Starts with Churchill 11 Nov. at 9 PM.
I'm off on Sunday for a train ride in the Agawa Canyon and a visit to Fort Mackinac,
of War of 1812 fame

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

War of 1812

99 days to Treaty of Ghent

War of 1812
Ref; "And all their Glory Past"  by Donald Graves
 page 377 Weather at Ft. Erie 26 Jul to 21 Sept 1814.  Appendix G
 page 245  Map - The Sortie Fort Erie  17 Sept 1814
 page 241 - 261 Chapter 13, 28 Aug to 21 Sept 1814
17 Sept 1814 Americans stage a successful raid but unable to break the British
                      siege at Fort Erie - appendix F
US Casualties  Lost, 511 men; 79 Killed, 216 Wounded and 216 missing
British Casualties  Lost 579 men; 115 Killed; 148 Wounded and 316 missing [prisoners]
page 261  Sept 17-21. Heavy rains thru camp "a lake in the woods". British marched 4 miles
  north the evening of 21 Sept. to Frenchman's Creek. "bivouacked for the night
  under torrents of rain"

16 Sept 1914  Col. Sam Hughes approved the formation of the
  Canadian Aviation Corps.  [ RCAF formed 1 April 1924]

Monday, September 1, 2014

War of 1812 and WW1

1 Sept 2014

115 Days to Treaty of Ghent

Ref; 'And All Their Glory Past'  by Donald Graves
        Part 3; Deals with Battles at Washington and Lake Champlain
        Part 4; Chapter 12, Fort Erie 28 Aug to 21 Sept 1814
        Map  Washington area page 132
        Map  Lake Champlain  page 142
        Chapter 9; Plattsburg Campaign, 2-10 Sept
        Chapter 10; Battle of Plattsburg, 11 Sept. pg 177-203

Ref;  Legion Magazine, Jul/Aug 2014
       Page 22-30 Aug 2014. Centenary WW1
       'The World Goes Over The Edge'
         Events that led to the outbreak of war detailed across the bottom
         of above pages.
        'On This Date' this issue pages 6 and 7 for August. For month of July
         data was on their web page 1 July.
         For month of Sept on Website 1 Sept, Oct in Sept/Oct issue
I would recommend that anyone interested in Canadian Wars purchase a subscription
to Legion Magazine at the reasonable cost of $18.98 + tax for 2 years [12 issues]

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Walking-Goulbourn-Rideau Canal

13 Aug 2014

War of 1812
  4 Aug 1814  Americans repulsed at Battle of Mackinac
 14 Aug 1814  Schooner 'Nancy' destroyed
 14 Aug 1814 Many British soldier killed when magazine blows up at Fort Erie
 15 Aug 1814 Drummond fails night assault on Fort Erie

  6 Aug 1814 The Canadian Government ratifies the purchase of two
                       subs by British Columbia gov't. The boats are commissioned
                       CC1 and CC2  [Ref; Legion Mag. Special Edition WW1 pg 5]

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

War of 1812

5 Aug 2014
 War of 1812
There is a pause in activities for the next short while. Next will be an attack
on Fort Erie as an attempt is made to move the Americans back across the river.

 Yesterday 4 Aug 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.
The German Army moved to attack Belgium and the British requested they stop,
which they did not, so Britain declared War. Canada, due to the current situation,
was involved.

Monday, July 28, 2014

War of 1812

28 July 2014

Ref; Where Right and Glory Lead.   Battle of Lundy's Lane
  This battle was mainly fought after sunset on 25 July 1814

Chapter 12, page 195    The Cost and the Accounting
 Casualties compiled by Drummond, 26 Jul 1814
  84 Officers and men killed
  559 wounded
  193 missing and 42 taken prisoner

Report 5 August   1st, 8th and 89 regiments
  510 Officers and Men Killed, Prisoners and Missing
   Ends on page 196

American Casualty figures mostly on page 197

NOTE;  The 100th Regiment did not participate in this battle.

"Perhaps the best assessment of Lundy's Lane and one that applies
  equally to the men of both armies, was Brown's [Major General
  Jacob Jennings, U.S. Army] statement that 'the battle of the 25th,
  it is believed, will find but few parallels. More desperate fighting
  has rarely been known. I  hope the nation [US] will be satisfied
  by our conduct - we have endeavoured to do our duty' "
The above quote is from page 210, the end of the chapter

Friday, July 25, 2014

War of 1812

25 July 1814  Battle of Lundy's Lane
Ref;  'Where Right and Glory Lead'  by Donald E. Graves
'is the story on one of the most hard-fought military actions
in North American history. On a summer evening in July 1814,
within sight of Niagara Falls, 5,000 American, British and
Canadian soldiers struggled desperately in a close-range
battle that raged on into the dark. By morning more than a third
had become casualties. The two armies had fought to the point of
exhaustion, and who won has long been a matter of dispute.
   Lundy's Lane was the bloodiest battle of the War of 1812
and the bloodiest fought on what is now Canadian soil. It was the
high mark of the 1814 Niagara campaign, which was the longest
campaign of the war and the last time that Canada suffered a
major foreign invasion.
   In his analysis of this still-controversial battle. the author
narrates the background and events in precise detail while
providing a thorough examination of the weaponry, tactics
and personalities of the opposing armies. The result is possibly
the most thorough analysis of a musket-period action to appear in print
and will appeal to those interested in the War of 1812, Napoleonic
warfare - and the face of combat.' [Quoted from outside back cover]
This book details a play by play account of the Battle of Lundy's Lane
and I recommend  this as a must read, re War of 1812
The Battle is covered from page 107 to 194
Aftermath page 195 to 256 which deals with the rest of the war.
Appendices start on page 257- Order of Battle and Strength, both Armies
Also deals with the remainder of the war and the fates of some of the men