Friday, March 6, 2015

On Humber Bay


From The battle of York;...:

Away to the east, where the St. Lawrence runs beneath the ramparts of old Quebec, stands the honoured monument to the two heroes who died upon the fatal field — Wolfe and Montcalm, victor and vanquished, who in valour, in death, and in fame, were not divided.

Yet we, too, nearer home, have an eventful and strangely parallel scene of strife.

In the neighbourhood of our city of Toronto, the "Humber Bay" is our " Wolfe's Cove," the " Garrison Common" our "Plains of Abraham"; over them in one long day a fierce battle raged, on them a victor died in the hour of victory.

As we pass along the westward of where the Humber Bay begins its graceful curve there will be found no memorial raised to do honour to whom honour is due.

As we enter the city of Toronto, we shall find no statue erected to the fallen, no inscription set up to record the deeds of the eventful day, and at the Old Fort, the culminating point of the attack, not, as yet, any tribute paid to the memories of those gallant defenders who fought and died in the defence of York on the 27th April, 1813.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Unknown To The British Authorities

Source (Page 300)

From Robert Randall and the Le Breton flats.... :

"Le Breton on this trip also learned of the location and strength of the American Forts at Detroit and of a very large depot of supplies of every description for the Western American Army, which were unknown to the British Authorities, and which he was of opinion could be easily captured."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Educated At The Military Academy

A list of officers in the army of the United States who hold brevet commissions for gallant conduct in battle, and for other causes, from American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and ..., Part 5, Volume 2, by United States. Congress:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Florida And The Other War Of 1812


The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida, by James G. Cusick, University of Georgia Press, Apr 15, 2007 - 392 pages (also here):

"...a party of Georgians invaded East Florida, confident that partisans there would help them swiftly wrest the colony away from Spain. The raid was a strategic and political disaster."

Source: Congressional Edition