By Sandy Antal
This formative historical past takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the battle at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. strong key avid gamers (Procter, Tecumseh and Brock), their disparate struggle goals, and the "all or not anything" personality of the campaigns they waged nonetheless appear larger than lifestyles. but Sandy Antal's cautious reconstruction of local and nationwide aspiration, vested colonial curiosity, and territorial aggression, unearths explanations and expedients that have been as usually mundane as heroic. A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned profession of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, lines the Canadian/British/Native aspect of the clash (amid a literature ruled through the yankee view), and casts new mild on an allied army approach that pretty much succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.
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Infantry plus elements of the 1 st. In anticipation of war, the American commander commenced his march on Detroit. 5 Hull's two hundred mile march to Detroit was a difficult one. Although the Natives granted him permission to pass through their lands, the movement through the Black Swamp was tough and slow, as the army had to literally blaze a road through the wilderness, building bridges and causeways. It rained incessantly, and the horse teams were often "belly-deep" in the morass. To secure his communications to Ohio, Hull built and garrisoned five blockhouses prior to reaching the Maumee Rapids.
As these inestimable resources would cease with our occupation of the 14 FORWARD MARCH! Canadas, so would Britain lose a market for her manufactured goods; the savages would lose an instigator that offers gold for innocent scalps; and we should be relieved on our borders from a brace of enemies, savage and British, the one excelling in cruelty the other in perfidy. 3 American means for prosecuting war were as dubious as the rationale for its declaration. Some sober congressmen, notably John Randolph, questioned the wisdom of attacking British power "in the frozen depths of Labrador," especially when the republic was wholly unfit to go to war.
Kentuckians were prominent in all subsequent campaigns against the Natives. By 1812, they widely believed that British influence at Amherstburg was the root cause of continued Native unrest on the frontier. Their bellicosity was also driven by the depressed economy of their state caused by a plummeting demand for cotton and tobacco. 7 Kentuckians were not entirely without justification in their conviction that British instigation lay behind Native hostilities. This belief was based on a long tradition of very real British-Native collaboration dating back to the Revolutionary War.
A Wampum Denied: Procter's War of 1812 by Sandy Antal