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Roster of the Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, Adjutant General of Ohio

1 Roster of the Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812
Adjutant General of Ohio
(1916), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 270 pp, Heritage Books
With war declared, Governor Return Jonathan Meigs of Ohio assembled the militia at Dayton, Ohio, in preparation for a march to Detroit. Governor Hull of Michigan was commissioned as Brigadier General; he arrived in Dayton on May 25, 1812 and left with his troops on June 1st. For the War of 1812, Ohio furnished 1759 officers and 24, 521 enlisted men distributed over 464 companies of infantry, 13 cavalry troops, and one artillery battery. Men’s names are organized by company. A new surname index has been added to aid researchers in finding the names of their military ancestors.
Price: 25.00 USD

Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812, C. Edward Skeen.

2 Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812
C. Edward Skeen.
224 pages, 6 x 9, illus, maps, cloth, University Press of Kentucky
Winner of the Army Historical Foundation Book Award
During the War of 1812, state militias were intended to be the primary fighting force. Unfortunately, while militiamen showed willingness to fight, they were untrained, undisciplined, and ill-equipped. These raw volunteers had no muskets, and many did not know how to use the weapons once they had been issued. Though established by the Constitution, state militias found themselves wholly unprepared for war. The federal government was empowered to use these militias to "execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions"; but in a system of divided responsibility, it was the states' job to appoint officers and to train the soldiers.
Edward Skeen reveals states' responses to federal requests for troops and provides in-depth descriptions of the conditions, morale, and experiences of the militia in camp and in battle. Skeen documents the failures and successes of the militias, concluding that the key lay in strong leadership. He also explores public perception of the force, both before and after the war, and examines how the militias changed in response to their performance in the War of 1812. After that time, the federal government increasingly neglected the militias in favor of a regular professional army.

About Author
C. Edward Skeen, professor of history at the University of Memphis, is the author of 1816: America Rising.

“An excellent addition not only to our knowledge of the War of 1812 but also to the evolution and development of the American military establishment.”—Journal of the Early Republic

“A useful analysis of militia in a war that was largely fought with volunteer forces.”—Journal of America’s Military Past

“Impressive and properly grounded where it should be—solidly in state and local sources. Until the twentieth century, the state soldiery in whatever guise—militia, uniformed volunteers, National Guard—was a state and local institution and can only be understood from that perspective."—Jerry Cooper

"Skeen looks beyond the surface problems to address the performance and the reasons for the failure of the militia . . . . An invaluable contribution for military and American history."—Bookwatch

"As Skeen states, 'There is no book dealing specifically with the militia in the War of 1812." The author fills that void in a work that has comprehensive documentation, excellent analysis, and clear writing."—Choice

"This indexed volume will appeal to those interested in U.S. and military history."—Library Lane

"Skeen's exhaustive research in both state and federal sources provides a more detailed record than hitherto available of the diversity of militia laws and practices, the complexity of federal-state relations, and the actual performance of the amateur soldiers in the field."—Journal of Military History

"Makes a significant contribution to the scholarship on the War of 1812."—Newsletter of the Army Historical Foundation

"A valuable resource to any scholar investigating the militia system of the United States' first declared war under the Constitution. Not only provides insights into the War of 1812, but also into the broader American militia tradition.”—H-New Reviews

“Rightly concludes that the militia was frequently unreliable, ill-equipped and ill-trained, and generally incapable of standing up to the British forces.”—Michigan Historical Review

“A timely, valuable, and by no means unsympathetic treatment of the militia in that conflict.”—New York Military Affairs
Symposium Newsletter

“A very well-documented and interesting history of the difficulties of mobilizing soldiers for the War of 1812.”—Journal of Economic History

“Will be the standard on the subject for years to come.”—Filson Club Historical Quarterly

“Provides a good overview of militia law and the state-federal politics related to it, and it raises some worthy questions.”—Army History

“Paints a stark picture of the decline of the militia tradition in the early republic and the militia’s poor combat performance in the war.”—Journal of American History

“Noteworthy. . . . Anyone interested in the War of 1812 or the development of military policy would be well served with this study.”—Journal of Southern History

“Provides some long overdue scholarship of an often-overlooked conflict.”—Maryland Historical Magazine

“His treatment is the most extensive available, and his thorough research provides plenty of gems.”—Pennsylvania Magazine of History

“Skeen’s work, based on an impressive mix of state and federal records, augmented by contemporary newspapers, public documents, and primary accounts, should not be ignored.”—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

“Students of the War of 1812 will want to have this resource handy.”—Ohio History

“A much-needed addition to the slowly growing literature on a neglected aspect of U.S. history.”—Historian
Price: 35.00 USD

American Prisoners of War Held at Halifax, During the War of 1812, Volume I and II, Harrison Scott Baker

3 American Prisoners of War Held at Halifax, During the War of 1812, Volume I and II
Harrison Scott Baker
(2004), 2005, 8½x11, paper, 2 vols., 592 pp, Heritage Books
This work was transcribed from records of the British Admiralty pertaining to American prisoners of war held at Halifax, Nova Scotia, from June 1812 to April 1815. The internment facility was on the Northwest Arm of Halifax Harbor. The unmarked graves of 195 who died as prisoners are located there. Those interned included American merchantmen, sailors from the United States Navy, United States Marines serving on naval ships, and men from the United States Army captured in Canada. The names of those interned at Halifax include crewmembers from the frigate USS Chesapeake, sister ship to the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides." In addition to the alphabetical listing by surname, the book includes a numerical list, by prison number, of all names; and a listing by ship or regiment in which the prisoners served.Mr. Baker is a lineal descendant of a veteran of the War of 1812 and past president of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Ohio (1996-1999).
Price: 63.00 USD



4 Men of Patriotism, Courage & Enterprise! Fort Meigs in the War of 1812
Larry L. Nelson
(1985), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 174 pp, Heritage Books
The title of this fine book comes from a recruiting broadside published in Marietta, Ohio, July 29, 1812. The broadside was addressed "to men of patriotism, courage and enterprise" and promised five dollars a month pay plus 160 acres of land at the end of an honorable enlistment. Here Larry L. Nelson, the site director of the Fort Meigs State Memorial in Perrysburg, Ohio, carefully follows the chronology of major events surrounding Fort Meigs. He recounts with thorough documentation the decisions and performances of the famous leaders on both sides of the conflict. However, he also uses many previously unknown sources, including diaries, journals and personal letters to evoke the emotional effects of the war's many sacrifices and bloody confrontations. The insights provided by these intimate sources give the reader a chance to examine the lives of the officers and soldiers in light of those recruiting poster ideals of patriotism, courage and enterprise. The narrative focus of the book is the period from February through September of 1813, when the American forces at Fort Meigs, on the south bank of the Maumee river near Lake Erie, repelled two major attacks by the British and Indian forces. Gen. William Henry Harrison, commander of the army of the northwestern frontier and future president of the U.S., was the most colorful figure on the American side. His British counterpart was Colonel Henry Proctor, but the great Indian leader, Tecumseh, is perhaps the most legendary figure involved with Fort Meigs. Many militia units from countries in Ohio and Kentucky are mentioned. A fullname and subject index is included, and all sources are cited in notes at the end of each chapter as well as in the bibliography. About thirty drawings, etchings, photos and maps help bring the stories to life.
Price: 20.00 USD

Horse Soldier, Vol. I: The Revolution, the War of 1812, the Early Frontier 1776 - 1850, Randy Steffen

5 Horse Soldier, Vol. I: The Revolution, the War of 1812, the Early Frontier 1776 - 1850
Randy Steffen
195 pages, 12 x 9, paperback, University of Oklahoma Press
This is the first volume of a four-volume work. The total work represents the culmination of more than twenty years of painstaking research. It is an exhaustive delineation, in words and pictures, of every aspect of the attire and equipment of that most exciting of all United States military forces-the cavalry.
Volume I covers the Revolutionary period, with a detailed account of the "sires" of the United States Cavalry, the Continental Light Dragoons. Then came the War of 1812 and the formation of the United States Mounted Ranger Battalion, and later the United States Dragoons.

"Steffen, a horseman and an artist, analyzes the bits and pieces of gear with which the horse soldier of the period was equipped and clothed. There are 96 line drawings and nine uniform color plates, all first-class work....Highly recommended." Library Journal

"Randy Steffen’s The Horse Soldier is indeed a definitive reference. Artists, museum curators, collectors, writers, historians, and exhibit preparers concerned about the historical accuracy relative to the uniforms, arms, and equipment of the United States Cavalry will find these volumes indispensable." Colorado Magazine.

"This book is highly accurate, painstakingly done, and is representative of all of Steffen’s work. It is as nearly perfect as history permits." In Wyoming.

"Both the text and illustrations of his handsome volume are as authentic as care and intelligence can make them." Choice.
Price: 39.95 USD

Frederick County [Maryland] Militia in the War of 1812, Sallie A. Mallick and F. Edward Wright

6 Frederick County [Maryland] Militia in the War of 1812
Sallie A. Mallick and F. Edward Wright
(1992), 2000, 5½x8½, paper, index, 494 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
This work contains history of the militia with the major portion of the book devoted to genealogical data on the veterans and their families. Sources drawn from include: muster and pay rolls, state adjutant general papers, commission books, regular army register, bounty land claims, pension files, newspaper items, 1850 census data, tombstone inscriptions, Engelbrecht's Diary, church records, local histories and others. A full name index adds to the value of this work.
Price: 35.00 USD



7 Madison County, New York Soldiers in the War of 1812
William H. Tuttle
1994, 5½x8½, paper, alphabetical, 52 pp, Heritage Books
Originally published by Pipe Creek Publication’s Early Settler Series New York No.6. Compiled from the Tattles file unpublished records of Madison County, New York veterans of the War of 1812. Lists pensions, claims against the State for clothing and equipment by out of pocket expense of the veteran, local sources such as cemetery inscriptions, newspaper items, etc.
Price: 8.00 USD


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