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The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814-1815   By: (1796-1888)

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In "The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814-1815," author G. R. Gleig provides a detailed and comprehensive account of two key military campaigns during the War of 1812. Gleig's writing style is engaging and informative, making this book an excellent resource for both history enthusiasts and scholars.

One of the notable aspects of Gleig's work is his meticulous attention to detail. The author extensively researches primary sources and historical documents, presenting readers with a well-rounded and accurate depiction of the events that unfolded during these campaigns. From military strategies and tactics to the political landscape of the time, Gleig leaves no stone unturned.

Furthermore, Gleig's narrative style is both captivating and accessible. He successfully manages to bring to life the tension and drama of the battles and the personalities involved. Gleig's descriptions are vivid, allowing readers to visualize the chaos and adrenaline of the battlefield. Moreover, he expertly balances the discussion of military operations with descriptions of the social and political context, offering a comprehensive understanding of the campaigns.

Another noteworthy aspect of this book is Gleig's objective perspective. Despite being a British officer himself, the author presents a fair and impartial account of the campaigns. Gleig acknowledges the British mistakes and failures, shedding light on the factors that led to the eventual American victory in the Battle of New Orleans. This unbiased approach gives readers a well-rounded understanding of the conflict and allows for a more nuanced analysis.

However, the book does have a few shortcomings. Some readers may find Gleig's writing style to be slightly dense and academic, making it more suitable for those with prior knowledge or a keen interest in military history. Additionally, at times, the author assumes a level of familiarity with the historical context, leaving readers unfamiliar with the War of 1812 to seek additional information independently.

Overall, "The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814-1815" is a valuable and engaging historical account. Gleig's meticulous research, captivating narrative style, and fair perspective make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the War of 1812 or military history in general. Despite some minor drawbacks, Gleig's work stands as a testament to his skill as a historian and storyteller.

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The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814 1815


Rev. G. R. Gleig, M.A.,

Chaplain General to the forces;

Author of 'The Subaltern'; 'Story of the Battle of Waterloo'; 'Life of Lord Clive'; 'Life of Sir Thomas Munro', etc.

New Edition 1879


The following Narrative contains, it is believed, the only connected and authentic account, which has yet been given, of the expedition directed against Washington and New Orleans, towards the close of the late American war. It has been compiled, not from memory alone, but from a journal kept by the author whilst engaged in the enterprise; and as the adventures of each were faithfully noted down as they occurred, and such remarks made upon passing events as suggested themselves to his mind at the moment, the public may rely with confidence upon general correctness of the details. The issues of the expedition were not, indeed, of the most gratifying nature, but it is hoped that a plain relation of the proceedings of those to whom it was intrusted, will not, on that account, prove uninteresting; whilst nothing can be more evident than that the portion of our history which it embraces ought not to be overlooked because it is little conducive to the encouragement of national vanity. It was chiefly, indeed, upon this account, as well as with a view to redeem from an oblivion which they hardly merit, the actions and sufferings of a few brave men, that the Narrative now submitted to the public was written... Continue reading book >>

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