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Citizen soldiers in the War of 1812

Author: Carl Edward Skeen
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1999.
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"Americans' ingrained fear of a standing army created a system in which the disaster of the 1812 Detroit campaign was much more common than Andrew Jackson's triumphant defense of New Orleans. During the War of 1812, state militias were intended to be the primary fighting forces. Unfortunately, while militiamen showed willingness to fight, they were untrained, undisciplined, and ill equipped." "Edward Skeen reveals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Skeen, Carl Edward.
Citizen soldiers in the War of 1812.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1999
(OCoLC)607130828
Online version:
Skeen, Carl Edward.
Citizen soldiers in the War of 1812.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1999
(OCoLC)608483089
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Edward Skeen
ISBN: 0813120896 9780813120898
OCLC Number: 39142970
Description: 229 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Militia before the War of 1812 --
2. Congress and Military Mobilization --
3. Militia Organization --
4. The States and Militia Mobilization --
5. The Militia and the War in the West --
6. The Militia and the War on the Northern Front --
7. The Atlantic Front and the Battle of Bladensburg --
8. Federal-State Relations --
9. War in the South and the Battle of New Orleans --
10. The War's End and the Decline of the Militia.
Responsibility: C. Edward Skeen.
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"Americans' ingrained fear of a standing army created a system in which the disaster of the 1812 Detroit campaign was much more common than Andrew Jackson's triumphant defense of New Orleans. During the War of 1812, state militias were intended to be the primary fighting forces. Unfortunately, while militiamen showed willingness to fight, they were untrained, undisciplined, and ill equipped." "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."--Jacket.

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-Makes a significant contribution to the scholarship on the War of 1812.- -- Newsletter of the Army Historical Foundation -A timely, valuable, and by no means unsympathetic treatment of the militia Read more...

 
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