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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

| U. States.—The War declared simultaneously

Preliminary Remarks.—The Berlin Decree.-

with the Invasion of Russia.-The British North

Rigorous execution of the Decree.—British Or- American Provinces the main object of the War.

der in Council, 7th January, 1807.-The Order

in Council though strictly just, not perbaps the

CHAPTER IV.

best course open to the British Government.

The United States raise no voice against Buona-

Attempts to induce the belief that the war

parte's Decree. - The

affair of the Chesapeake, June 18 to July 12, 1812. — Declaration of Hos-

was only unpopular with the minority; from

22nd June, 1807.-Right of Search. --Some

merchant vessels of the United States under tilities.-Spirit which actuated Canadians,

British Convoy.—British Order in Council,

11th although from a knowledge of their weakness

Nov., 1807, and Milan Decree.-Distressing

it might lead them to deprecate hostilities, yet

predicament of the U. States.- Plea advanced not adverse to Great Britain.-Remarks on the

by France, and repeated by the United States. Address of the Assembly of Upper Canada, on

Liberality of the British Government before the the Declaration of War. --State of feeling in

Berlin and Milan Decrees.-Embargo Act of Lower Canada.–First hostile demonstration;

United States Congress, 25th Dec., 1807.-Mr.

12th July, 1812.-Movements of Colonel St.

Rose's Mission. Public feeling in the United George.

---Conduct of our Indian Allies.—Gen’i

States unfriendly to Great Britian. - Additions Brock, with a body of Volunteers, leaves York

to the U. S. troops voted by Congress, with for the scene of action, and arrives on the 13th

supplies.—Effect of the Embargo. --Non-inter- August. „Offensive and Retaliatory Measures

course Act, 1st March, 1808.

at once adopted by General Brock.---Capitulation

of General Hull, and fate of Detroit.--Effects

produced on Canadians by these unhoped for

CHAPTER II.

successes.

Mr. Madison's Inauguration, 4th March,

1809.-Negotiation of Mr. Erskine with Mr.

CHAPTER V.

Madison.-Rejoicing in the United States.-

Mr. Erskine's arrangement disavowed by the

Naval encounters at sea-General remarks

British Government. - Mission and Recall of on.—First objects of the War; chase of Belvi-

Mr. Jackson.—Decree of Rambouillet ; May dera; escape of English homeward-bound fleet

18th, 1810.-Pretended Revocation of the

of West Indiamen.-Manning of American fleet,

French Decrees; 1st November, 1810.– French

as compared with that of the British.- Captain

Seizures and Burnings still continued.-Mr. Porter's inhuman treatment of an English sailor.

Pinckney's departure from London ; 1st March,

-First consequences of the meeting of unequal

1811.–Engagement between the United States forces; loss of the Guerrière ; Frolic and Wasp ;

frigate President, and His Brittannic Majesty's

Macedonian and United States; Java and Con-

sloop of war Little Belt; 16th May, 1811.-stitution, December 29th.—Effect of these suc-

The President's War Message ; 4th November,

on the American people.—Measures

1811.- Report of Committee on Foreign Affairs, adopted by the British Government.-American

recommending the raising of 10,000 regulars

list of captures made.-American President's

and 50,000 militia ; 29th November, 1811.- Message, November 4.

Numbers voted increased to 25,000 regular

troops; 12th January, 1812.-Was there, to

CHAPTER VI.

any extent, a secret understanding between the

General Brock returns to York.-Compli-

United States and France ?

mentary and congratulatory letters received by

General Brock; Col. Baynes' opinion of General

CHAPTER III.

Hull.-General situation of affairs; the effects

Papers relating to Henry's Mission communi- of the armistice upon them.—The armistice and
cated to Congress by the President, on the 5th the subsequent policy pursued.—Arrival of In-
March.—Ninety Days' Embargo; 4th April.-dians, as a reinforcement, at Detroit.—Capture
President's Message; 1st June.—War declared of the “Detroit” and “Caledonia" by the
on the 18th, and persisted in, although intelli- Americans.-Escape of General Brock.-Expe-
gence subsequently arrives of the Repeal of the dition against Fort Wavne ; abandonment of
Orders in Council.—The War of 1812, '13, and I enterprise.—Despatch of Sir George Prevost to
'14, a War of Aggression on the part of the Sir Isaac Brock.

cesses

CHAPTER VII.

Col. Clark's expedition against Fort Schlosser.-

Non-arrival of reinforcements from Europe, Col. Bishopp's expedition against Black Rock.

and movements in Lower Province.-General | American alliance with Indians.—Proctor, and

Brock's reception at Queenston.-Nature of the aspect of affairs in the west.

country along the Niagara frontier.—British

force along the Niagara frontier at the time of

CHAPTER XII.

General Brock's return from Detroit.—The force

of the American army.-Gen'l Van Ransalaer's

Commodore Chauncey's second descent upon
plans. — Despatches of General Brock.–Battle York.—Demonstration against the stores st
of Queenston Heights. — Despatches from the Burlington Heights.-Colonel Scott breaking
two commanding officers compared. - Personal parole. -Second

descent upon York by Chauncey.
appearance of General Brock. - Public opinion -Sir James Yeo on Lake Ontario. Demonstra-
of General Brock's character and value.

tion against Fort George by Sir George Prevost.
Cruise of Commodore Rogers; the President and

Congress frigates.—Dominica and Decatur, Aug.

CHAPTER VIII.

5th, 1813.- Pelican and Argus, August 12th.-

Boxer and Enterprise, September 5th.

Opinions of the Press respecting General

Brock's character and value, continued.-Ar-

mistice concluded the day after the battle.-

CHAPTER XIII.

Treatment of the prisoners.—Disposal of the Capture of the “Growler” and “Eagle"

prisoners.--Attempts of the Press to keep up American sloops.—Descent on posts on Lako

the "war spirit” by misrepresentation.-Refu- Champlain.—Discrepaney between Christie and

gal of the militia to cross the Niagara river, the letters of Veritas.-Capture of British stores,

another proof that the war was not as popular and affair of boats at Gananoque.

as represented.-Resignation of General Van

Ransalaer, and appointment of Gen'l Smyth.-

CHAPTER XIV.

Destruction of the fortifications at Black Rock,

and of the furs taken in the Caledonia.-Cap-

Situation of General Proctor in the west.-

ture of Canadian royageurs.-General Smyth's Consequences of Perry's victory.--Discussion

proclamations.- Invasion of Canada by General relative to the affair at the Moravian town.

Smyth.-Effect of this failure at invasion.-

Position of affairs on the Detroit and Lower

CHAPTER XV.

Canadian frontiers.--Causes of General Dear-

born's inaction.

Retreat of Proctor and place of rendezvous.-

Armstrong's observations on Proctor's defeat.-

Remarks on Harrison's letters as to numbers.-

CHAPTER IX.

James' contradictions on this affair.-Character

Causes of General Dearborn's and other fail- of Tecumseth.-Treatmentof prisoners.-Inger-

ures considered further.--Demonstrations on St. sol on reprisal.-American policy.

Lawrence.—American force.-Proctor's force.-

Sheaffe's force.-Army in Lower Canada.—The

CHAPTER XVI.

total numbers on both sides compared.-Com-

parative naval strength.-Plan of campaign. –

The Expedition under General Wilkinson.-

Arrival of Sir James Yeo._" Hornet” and The numbers engaged at Chrysler's Farm.-

Peacock." The “Chesapeake ” and the General Hampton's movements—his force.--

“Shannon.”_Remarks on the action.-Want Wilkiason retires to winter quarters.-General

of discipline on board the “Chesapeake.”—Na-order.–Causes of the failure of the expedition.

val events on Canadian lakes.-Expedition to Impression produced on the centre division by

the Miami, and attack on the American defences.

the disaster of the right.—Prevost's instructions.

-General Proctor deserted by the Indians, and Movements of Colonel Murray.—Destruction of

part of the Militia.

Newark, now Niagara.—Movements in the West.

Attack on Fort Niagara.

CHAPTER X.

Fort Meigs.—Slaughter of captives.- Descent

CHAPTER XVII.

upon York.-Errors of the Commanders.-De Return of killed and wounded in attack on

scent upon Fort George.

Fort Niagara.-Remarks on Gen. Hull's Letter.

-Armstrong on the capture of Fort Niagara.

-Proclamation of Sir George Prevost.--Occur-

CHAPTER XI.

rences in Chesapeake Bay, ard its tributary

Expedition against Sackett's Harbour, 27th rivers.-Descent' on Havre de Grace.-Cutting

May.- Proceedings at west end of Lake Ontario; out of the Surveyor Schooner.—Attack on

surprise at Stony Creek.—Result of the Dear- Junon by flotilla.

born and Chauncey expedition.—Affair at the

Beaver Dam.-Capitulation of Col. Borstler

and five hundred and forty-one American troops.

CHAPTER XVIII.

-Reinforcements arrive at Queenston, but re Failure of attack on Craney Island.--Ameri-
turn to Fort George.—Proceedings in Congress can accounts of the descent on Oswego.—Retreat
on receipt of news of Bærstler's surrender.- of the Fleet.—Expeditions against Machilimack-

inac and Matchadash.-Attack on the post of

CHAPTER XXIII.

Prairie du Chien.-Attack on and destruction

Attack on Alexandria.-Sir. P. Parker's death.

of the Nancy at Nottawasaga.— Naval proceed- Captain Gordon's terms.-Ingersol on Madison

ings.-

Decatur's cruise in the United States, and Armstrong.-

Demonstration against Balti,

with the Macedonian and Sloop Hornet.-At-
tempt to blow up the Ramilies at Fisher Island. the American writers on the descent on Balti-

more.-General Smith's despatch.-Opinions of
-American boastings in reference to the Pre-

more.—Plattsburgh.

sident.-Cruise of the Essex.

CHAPTER XXIV.

CHAPTER XIX.

The attack on Plattsburg, its failure and its

Captain David Porter as a writer of des consequences.-Expedition to New Orleans.-

patches.—Fifth invasion of Canada by a United The gain to be expected from the expedition.-

States' army.

General Brown's proclamation Lafitte, the chief of the Banatarian pirates.-

or general order.-General Brown's force.- Attack on Fort Bowyer, and defeat of the Bri.

Surrender of Fort Erie.-General Brown's Des- tish.--Preparations for the attack and defence

patch.—Movements of the American army.-

of New Orleans.-Defence of the gun boats.

Gen. Brown's inaction and timidity.- Brown's Discrepancies in account of the gun-boat action.

letter to Chauncey.

--Commodore Patterson's attempt to gain infor-

mation by spies. --Advance of the British.

Fighting on the 23rd and 24th.--Arrival of

CHAPTER XX.

reinforcements.-Comparative strength of the

The battle of Bridgewater, or Lundy's Lane, armies.-Retreat of the British.-Behaviour of

and its results.—Destruction of stores and bag- the troops.—Lawrence's despatch to General

gage.-General order issued by Lieut.-General Jackson.-Concluding naval events of the war.

Drummond.-Fort Erie.-General Drummond's - Treaty of Peace.

despatch.—The repulse at Conjocta Creek.-

Outrage at Port Talbot, on Lake Erie.

APPENDIX.

From Captain Stewart to the American Sec-

CHAPTER XXI.

retary of the Navy.-American Minutes of the

chase of the U. 8. frigate Constitution, by an

The fortifications at Fort Erie repaired.- English squadron of three ships, from out of

General Brown's boasts of victory.-Skirmish the harbour of Port Praya, Island of St. Jago.

at Lyon's Creek. -Armstrong and Ingersol on -Extract from the Pique's Log-Book.-From

General Izzard.—Passamaquoddy Bay and the Lieutenant Boyce to the Secretary of the East

events in that quarter.

India Company's Marine Board. -Evidence of

Mr. Macgregor.-From Captain Warrington to

the American Secretary of the Navy.-Treaty

CHAPTER XXII.

of Peace.—Total British and American Cruizers

New England feeling towards Great Britain. captured or destroyed, excluding those re-cap-

Capture of Washington and destruction of tured during the war.–List of British and

public buildings.- Preparations made by United American national cruizers, optured at Sea,

States Government.-General observations on which the opposite party succueded in getting

the expedition.-General Winder's despatch.

into porto

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