The War of 1812
Genealogy & History
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The War of 1812:
BOOK - The War of 1812 in British North America, Searching for your Ancestor's Elusive War Records
By Kenneth G. Cox
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2022
The War of 1812 in British North America, Searching for your Ancestor's Elusive War Records provides researchers with an up-to-date guide to help you locate military service and other useful records from the War of 1812. While the War of 1812 is well documented, the stories of our ancestors are often left to speculation. However, there are ways to discover some of their involvement in the conflict. Muster rolls, pay lists, medal rolls, pension requests, land grant applications, war loss claims, and various other records can help in the search. Cox's book identifies which records are available, how to access them, and discusses interpretation of findings. Generously illustrated with examples, this book will be of great help to those seeking to find surviving personnel records from the War of 1812. More information
BOOK - Taken and Destroyed: The War of 1812 Losses Claims, London and Western Districts Upper Canada
By Glenn Stott and Carol Hall
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2011
Taken and Destroyed is a key resource to help researchers identify which individuals made claims for losses due to actions during the War of 1812, where they resided, what items and property those claims were for, if the claim was denied or approved, and for how much currency. This book provides key information about each claim, and guides readers to the exact microfilm which contains the complete details and images of documents for each claim. Taken and Destroyed is an essential work for everyone interested in the War of 1812. ISBN 978-1-926797-56-4 (Hardcover); ISBN 978-1-926797-57-1 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Life and Times of Major General Sir Issac Brock, K. B.
By D. B. Read
Originally published by William Briggs, Toronto, 1894
This edition publishing by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009 (CD 2010)
This book presents a compact history of the life of Sir Issac Brock, "The Hero of Upper Canada", written in an interesting and readable form. When Canada was invaded by the United States in 1812 it was Brock who was given the responsibility of defending Ontario from its southern aggressor. Along with providing a biography, the author discusses the genius of Brock's defence plan, and the eventual success in turning back the larger and better equipped American forces. Sir Issac Brock fell while leading his troops in the first campaign of the war, but his spirit inspired the men who were fighting for their hearths and homes to the end of the war. A must-read for those with an interest in the War of 1812. ISBN 978-1-926797-07-6 (Hardcover). More information
BOOK - The Battle of Fort George - 27th May, 1813 [War of 1812 at Niagara]
By Lieut-Colonel E. Cruikshank
Originally published by Niagara Historical Society, Welland, 1912
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2014
The Battle of Fort George - 27th May, 1813 was originally published in 1912 by the Niagara Historical Society. Lieut-Colonel Cruikshank begins by providing an historical sketch of the settlement and development of Niagara from the time of settlement up to the beginning of the War of 1812. He continues with an account of the start of hostilities and the evolution of those hostilities into the Battle of Fort George at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The battle took place on May 27, 1813. Cruikshank concludes the book with a detailed description of the losses of men and officers on both the British and American sides. He mentions officers that were lost and wounded by name -- men and militia regulars losses are listed number lost by unit. ISBN 978-1-77240-003-8 More information
BOOK - Lincoln at Bay, A Sketch of 1814
By Ernest Green 
New Index by Brenda Young 
Originally published by Tribune-Telegraph Press, Welland, 1923
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009 (CD 2010)
Much has been written concerning the services and sacrifices of the people of Upper Canada (Ontario) during the War of 1812-1814. The author presents an intimate view by relating the experiences of individual participants in one of the most tragic acts of the drama of those years - The Battle of Chippawa. The author explains in the Preface that he relied on oral tradition that was handed down through the families since 1814, but that "the old traditions have been carefully justified by official and other contenporary records and in all particulars wherein such collaboration was possible. Any distorion of historical facts has been carefully avoided". The old families mentioned were from the Townships of Stamford, Thorold, and Pelham. ISBN 978-1-926797-08-3 (Hardcover). More information
BOOK - Officers of the British Forces in Canada During the War of 1812-15
By L. Homfray Irving
Originally published by Welland Tribune Print, 1908
This edition publishing by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008
Includes carefully researched lists of officers who served during the War of 1812. The lists were built from a wide variety of records including the records of the grant of land made in Upper Canada (Ontario) to officers, non-commissioned officers and men who had served in "the first flank Companies, the Provincial Artillery, the Incorporated Regiment, the Corps of Military Drivers, the Provincial Dragoons, the Marine and General Staff of the Army. And, in Lower Canada (Quebec), the officers and men of the Embodied Militia, discharged troops and others, pay lists, appointments and promotions as published in Militia Orders, returns, petitions, correspondence, Army lists, obituaries in newspapers and miltary magazines, General Service Medal lists, and Gold Medals lists. ISBN 978-1-897446-91-1 (Hardcover) More information
BOOKS - The Documentary History of the Campaign on the Niagara Frontier 1812-1814 [War of 1812]
By Ernest Alexander Cruikshank.
Originally published by Lundy's Lane Historical Society, Niagara, 1896-1907
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2007
Cruikshank's collection of correspondence and papers has provided generations of historians and genealogists with detailed firsthand accounts of events and personal experiences during The War of 1812. The correspondence and papers that are included in these books provide the reader/researcher with detailed accounts covering a wide spectrum -- "Most Secret and Confidential" military letters; returns of killed, wounded and missing; lists of civilian damages; lists of "persons plundered"; administrative correspondence; and other topics relating to the war, both military and civilian. Each of the nine volumes include a comprehensive index. Volumes 1& 2 are bound into a single book because they are sequentially page numbered with a single index covering both volumes. Volumes 3 through 9 are all individually bound. The Book-on-CD and PDF-download versions are searchable. More information including indexes for each volume
BOOK - Sketches Illustrating The Early Settlement and History of Glengarry in Canada
By J. A. MacDonell
Originally published Wm Foster, Brown & Co., Montreal, 1893
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010
J. A. MacDonell recognized that much had been written on the subject of United Empire Loyalist settlement in Ontario, the War of 1812-14, and the Rebellion of 1837-8, but expressed concern that there was little mention made of the part that the Highlanders of Glengarry played in those conflicts. He corrects that oversight within the 29 chapters that comprise this formitable text. This book is an fine source of information for those interested in early settlement of the Highlanders in Glengarry and surrounding counties, and the role that they played in the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalist migration and settlement, War of 1812, and the Rebellion of 1837-38. ISBN 1-894378-80-6 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The Centenary Celebration of the Battle of Lundy's Lane July 25, 1914
By Lundy's Lane Historical Society
Originally published by Lundy's Lane Historical Society, Niagara Falls, 1919
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2015
In early July 1814 an American invasion force crossed the Niagara River and captured Fort Erie, then advanced north. On 25 July 1814 British forces took up a defensive position at Lundy’s Lane. The resulting battle cost 255 their lives, and more than 1,400 were wounded or missing. The American forces were driven from their postions late in the night with the British forces taking over the feild by the next morning. This book discusses the battle and the celebrations of the centenary of the battle that took place in the summer of 1914. ISBN: 978-1-77240-036-6 More information
BOOK - Greater Evils, The War of 1812 in Southwestern Ontario (Revised Edition 2012)
By Glenn Stott
Published by Glenn Stott, London, 2012
Greater Evils is a comprehensive study of the War of 1812 as it played out in the London and Western Districts of Upper Canada. It provides detailed insights into the events, people, and places involved during this tumultuous period of Canadian History. It references extensive archival materials, appendices and includes nineteen maps and over sixty illustrations, many of which are reproduced in colour. The book is thoroughly indexed and much of the material appears in print for the first time. Greater Evils represents the only study devoted to this particular region during the War of 1812. It is a must not only for people interested in the War of 1812 but also for genealogists, local historians, and anyone with an interest in the development of Southwestern Ontario.
ISBN 978-1-9684071-8-9 (softcover) More information
BOOK - York's Sacrifice, Militia Casualties of the War of 1812 [Ontario]
By Janice Nickerson
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
The militia's contribution to the War of 1812 is not well understood. York's Sacrifice profiles 39 men who lost their lives during the war. They include 19 residents of the Town of York [Toronto], five residents of York County, and 11 residents of Halton, Peel, and Wentworth Counties. Where possible, biographies include information about each man's origin, residence, occupation, civic life, family, militia service, and circumstances of death. A section on records provides detailed guidance in finding and using records from the period to trace an ancestor’s militia service and life in this difficult time period. A complete list of men who served in the three York regiments during the war indentifies those who were killed, injured, captured, or deserted. The book also includes a significant section "Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors in Upper Canada [Ontario]"
ISBN 978-1-45970-597-5 More Information
BOOK - New Brunswick and the Navy: Four Hundred Years
By Marc Milner & Glenn Leonard, New Brunswick Military Heritage Project
Published by Goose Lanes Editions, Fredericton, 2010
From the seafaring battles between the British and the French of the 1640s to the privateers of the War of 1812, from the merchant ships of the Second World War to the construction of the corvettes and frigates in the 20th century, New Brunswick has played an important role in Canada's naval history.
ISBN: 978-086492-632-6 More information
BOOK - A Matter of Honour: The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock
By Jonathon Riley. Foreword by Donald E. Graves
Published by Robin Brass Studio. Montreal, 2011
Isaac Brock was the British general responsible for defending the long frontier of Upper Canada with meagre forces in the opening days of the War of 1812. Revered by generations of schoolchildren as the "Saviour of Upper Canada" and commemorated by a towering monument on Queenston Heights, Brock is best known in Canada for his vigorous measures to defend against the invading American forces and for the daring exploit at Queenston Heights in which he died. Brock was a resourceful field commander who believed in offensive measures to keep his opponent off-balance and he is probably best known in the United States for managing to cow U.S. General William Hull into surrendering Detroit, to that general’s eternal shame.
ISBN 978-1-896941-65-3 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Strange Fatality, The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813
By James E. Elliott .
The first detailed account of the little-known battle that changed the course of the War of 1812. Journalist and author James Elliott has compellingly reconstructed one of the least understood actions of the War of 1812. From the rise to brigadier of blacksmith John Chandler, to the Highland heroics of Alexander Fraser, Strange Fatality explores the dynamics of a night battle that stemmed the tide of invasion, cost two generals their freedom and unseated the highest-ranking soldier in the American army. In this ground-breaking study of a battle in which both sides were essentially blind, James Elliott sheds light, not only on a violent donnybrook in the dark, but also on the bizarre train of events that occasioned it. With 10 original maps, over 100 illustrations, portraits and photographs, many never seen before, as well as appendices on battlefield archaeology and the little-known “monument war.”
ISBN: 978-1-896941-58-5 More information
BOOK - Capitol in Flames, The American Attack on York, 1813 [Toronto]
By Robert Malcolmson
Capital in Flames is handsomely illustrated with maps, portraits and contemporary illustrations. Photographs enable readers to discover the present-day location of landmarks and events of the battle. Appendices listing military and naval personnel of both sides will be welcomed by genealogists.
BOOK - A Very Brilliant Affair, The Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812.
This new look at the battle tackles many of the myths that have grown over the years. Was Brock the hero of the day? Was this a victory for the Canadian militia? Were the oft-maligned New York militia responsible for their army's defeat? What was the role of the native allies of the British? Could the American invading force have won? Robert Malcomson's exciting and readable account will add a new level of appreciation for the drama and significance of the War of 1812.
BOOK - Tecumseh's Bones, A historical mystery about the deception behind the death, burial, and legacy of the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh.
By Guy St-Denis
Chief Tecumseh's death at the Battle of the Thames marked a turning point in the Anglo-American War of 1812. It was also the beginning of a mystery: the mutilation of Native corpses thwarted American attempts to identify Tecumseh's remains, giving rise to the belief that his body had been secretly recovered by his warriors. Tecumseh's Bones teases fact from fiction in the myths and legends surrounding the great chief's burial. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, most of which has never been published, Tecumseh's Bones will fascinate history buffs, historians, and mystery lovers.
BOOK - Lords of the Lake - The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814
By Robert Malcomson
Of all the struggles that took place along the border between the United States and the British provinces in Canada during the War of 1812, the one that lasted the longest was the battle for control of Lake Ontario. Lords of the Lake is the first full-length study of this aspect of the War of 1812.
BOOK - Field of Glory - The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813.
By Donald E. Graves
In the autumn of 1813, the United States staged the largest military operation of the War of 1812. Two American armies, one marching north from Lake Champlain through swamp and forest, the other sailing down the St. Lawrence River in a flotilla of three hundred small boats, invaded Canada - their objective, the city of Montreal.
BOOK - The Incredible War of 1812 - A Military History.
By J. Mackay Hitsman.
J. Mackay Hitman's account of the War of 1812, first published in 1965, is both exciting and authoritative, and is regarded by many experts as the best one-volume history of that conflict. It is an engrossing account of the causes of the war and of the campaigns and battles that raged on land and water, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
BOOK - The British at the Gates, The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812.
By Robin Reilly
Detailed and impressive... he places the campaign in the context of the war and the larger world scene against which it tookplace..
BOOK - Fix Bayonets! A Royal Welch Fusilier at War, 1796-1815
By Donald E. Graves.
This long-anticipated major new book from Donald E. Graves describes the military exploits of Thomas Pearson. We follow his remarkable career through wars and battles major and minor, including Egypt, Holland, Copenhagen, the Peninsular War and the War of 1812. Graves, "master of the battlefield narrative,"includes the most detailed account of the Battle of Albuera yet published. Fix Bayonets! will be of interest to Canadian and American readers because it contains detailed accounts of Chrysler's Farm, Chippawa, Lundy's Lane and Fort Erie, as well as other engagements that Thomas Pearson fought in.
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