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The Fight for a Free Sea

A Chronicle of the War of 1812

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Author: Ralph D. Paine
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,718 / 160 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.1
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,463
Added to site: 2006.07.31 14458
Genres: Nautical, History, War

The Chronicles of America Series, Volume 17

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rategic points along this far-flung and thinly held frontier, Detroit should receive the earliest attention. At all costs this point was to be safeguarded as a base for the advance into Canada from the west. A remote trading post within gunshot of the enemy across the river and menaced by tribes of hostile Indians, Detroit then numbered eight hundred inhabitants and was protected only by a stout enclosure of logs. For two hundred miles to the nearest friendly settlements in Ohio, the line of communications was a forest trail which skirted Lake Erie for some distance and could easily be cut by the enemy. From Detroit it was the intention of the Americans to strike the first blow at the Canadian post of Amherstburg near by.

The stage was now set for the entrance of General William Hull as one of the luckless, unheroic figures upon whom the presidential power of appointment bestowed the trappings of high military command. He was by no means the worst of these. In fact, the choice seemed auspicious. Hull h

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Patrick Wayland

A non-stop, action-filled flight over the battle fields and sea battles of the War of 1812 where cannon-smoke drifted and grapeshot volleyed. This isn’t a history book it’s a saga about a young nation learning to stand up to the bullying of world’s only superpower at the time. Starring an amazing cast of characters such as Tecumseh, the blood thirsty Native American, who sides with the British in order to seek revenge for the wrongs perpetrated on his people. Captain Hull, the dashing captain of The United States’ most long-serving ship, The Constitution, and a man who must arouse a demoralized nation by taking on an almost undefeated foe. The hardened Red Coats are merciless, looting villages and burning the White House for spite. The War of 1812 was like prequel for many heroes of The United States such as David Farragut, who served on a ship at the age of 12, and the short-tempered Andrew Jackson who – even against orders – led his highly-skilled Tennessee riflemen south, and into the solid ranks of the British at New Orleans, leading men like Sam Houston and Davey Crocket along the way.



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