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While Washington Burned: The Battle for Fort Erie 1814

Author: Joseph Whitehorne
ISBN #: 9781877853180
Price: $20.00
Publisher: Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company Of America
Publisher Location: Baltimore
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: near fine
Edition: First edition
Pub Date: 1992
Very good in Near Fine jacket. Previous owner's personal bookplate under flap, publishing date noted in ink at bottom of title page, else clean and unmarked. First printing, no others noted. Joseph W.A. Whitehorne is a retired Army officer and a professional military historian. Col. Whitehornes’s work is especially valuable in that he uses archaeological and genealogical research to support written sources. From Wikipedia: Fort Erie was the site of the bloodiest battlefield in the history of Canada. This new fort was unfinished when the United States declared war on June 18, 1812. Part of the garrison of Fort Erie fought at the Battle of Frenchman's Creek against an American attack in November 1812. In 1813, Fort Erie was held for a period by U.S. forces and then abandoned on June 9, 1813. The British attempted to rebuild the fort. On July 3, 1814 another American force landed nearby and again captured Fort Erie. The U.S. Army used the fort as a supply base and expanded its size. At the end of July, after the Battles of Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane, the American army withdrew to Fort Erie and were besieged by the British. In the early hours of August 15, 1814, the British launched a four-pronged attack against the fortifications. A well-prepared American defence and an explosion in the North East Bastion destroyed the British chance for success with the loss of over 1,000 of their men. An American sortie on September 17 captured two of the British batteries and the American troops were able to spike the guns in one of them before being driven back to the fort. Shortly afterward, the British lifted the siege and retired to positions to the north at Chippawa. After an unsuccessful American attack at Cook’s Mills, west of Chippawa, news reached the American forces that the eastern seaboard of the U.S. was under attack. On the November 5, 1814, with winter approaching, the Americans destroyed the fort and withdrew to Buffalo. Most items ship with free delivery confirmation, electronic tracking and jacket protectors (generally over $10.00) if applicable. Clean recycled packing material will be used when possible.