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  • Hannay, James

    Published by Toronto, 1905

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    372pp. Maps. Illus. Gilt cloth. Fine. Detailed history, with emphasis on military actions.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM3577

  • 30pp. Original marbled paper-covered boards, paper label. Spine and edges slightly sunned. Heartman's small bookseller's ticket and modern bookplate on rear pastedown. Persistent dampstain to bottom edge of text. Good. Untrimmed. A scarce reprint of a rare work recounting Samuel Stubbs' experiences in the War of 1812. This copy is stamped number eighty-one of ninety-nine copies printed for Heartman's Historical Series. This title is number five in the series, and includes a facsimile of the titlepage from the original 1817 Boston second edition. SABIN 93232. GOODSPEED 122:889.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM49524

  • [4],156,119,29pp. Original blue boards, paper spine with paper label. Front hinge cracked but holding; spine label chipped. Top corner of titlepage torn away, affecting one letter of text. Light scattered foxing. About very good, in unsophisticated original condition. In a half leather and cloth slipcase, spine gilt. Account of the court martial of Brigadier General William Hull, tried for the surrender of Detroit during the War of 1812. The fall of Fort Detroit to the British and their Indian allies was a very important event in the early months of the War of 1812, as it emboldened the British and encouraged Indians in the northwest to take up arms against American settlers and outposts. It became quite clear to American leaders in the months leading up to the Congressional declaration of war against Great Britain on June 18, 1812, that a stronger defense was needed on the northwest frontier of the United States. The town of Detroit and the fort there was immediately recognized as a strategically important outpost, and President Madison sent hundreds of troops, led by Brig. Gen. William Hull, there in the summer. Hull arrived at Detroit on July 5, and discussed plans to take the offensive and attack the British in Canada, though his indecision stalled him. Meanwhile, the British took control of Mackinac Island on Lake Huron, and the British navy controlled Lake Erie. Hundreds of Indians from local tribes began to side with the British forces. At the same time, the British general, Isaac Brock, was leading a large force toward Detroit, and he formed an alliance with Tecumseh in mid-August. On August 15th Brock and his Indian allies attacked Fort Detroit and quickly subdued the poorly-supplied American forces. Hull's belief that he was greatly out-manned, and his concern for civilians in the fort led him to surrender the following day. The British held Detroit for more than a year, until the American victory at the Battle of Lake Erie. The defeat was tremendously dispiriting to American morale, and Hull faced a court martial, at which he was convicted (largely on the testimony of Ohio volunteer officers) and sentenced to be shot. Madison commuted Hull's sentence on the basis of his service during the Revolution, and he was dismissed from the army. A nice copy, in original condition. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 32628.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM44041

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    510pp. Modern brown cloth, leather label. Modern bookplate on rear pastedown. Signed in pencil on front flyleaf. Moderate foxing. Good. First edition. A comprehensive compilation of correspondence during the war with Great Britain, including detailed letters from the War of 1812. Includes lists of number of troops for each side, those wounded and killed, and particulars of specific battles. Concludes with a the peace treaty signed by Great Britain and the United States in 1814. SHOEMAKER 11979.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM49631

  • Seller image for A SUBALTERN IN AMERICA; COMPRISING HIS NARRATIVE OF THE CAMPAIGNS OF THE BRITISH ARMY, AT BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON, &c. &c. DURING THE LATE WAR for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Gleig, George R., attributed]

    Published by Philadelphia & Boston, 1833

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    266pp. Original half cloth and paper boards, paper label. Minor chipping to label. Some soiling and noticeable chipping to paper, corners worn. Modern bookplate on rear pastedown, minor foxing. Good. Untrimmed. An account of some of the battles of the War of 1812, told from the British side, wrongly attributed to George Gleig. Gleig was a Scottish soldier in Wellington's 85th Light Infantry who suffered three wounds in five battles during the War of 1812. After his military career he followed his father into the Church. Gleig's collection of articles on the Peninsular War, THE SUBALTERN, was published in 1825 and may explain the question surrounding his authorship of the present work. Howes claims the work is "[a]ttributed erroneously to George R. Gleig, author of a similar work, A NARRATIVE OF THE CAMPAIGNS OF THE BRITISH ARMY." This is a different book, and the author is a different British officer. The author, whoever it was, was at Baltimore, Washington, and New Orleans, and gives a firsthand account of these events. HOWES S1115. SABIN 27570. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 19007.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM49084

  • War of 1812]: [Croker, John Wilson]

    Published by London, 1812

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    [2],19pp. Dbd. Title-leaf detached, else a clean, very good copy. A rare War of 1812 pamphlet written by British Secretary to the Admiralty and Member of Parliament John Wilson Croker. Here, Croker argues the British side of the story in the impending conflict, and urges the United States to see France as the real enemy. Anderson Galleries called this work "extremely rare" in their 1918 catalog for the H.R. Lawrence Collection. SABIN 37671. GOLDSMITH-KRESS 20412.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM53959