Sunday, October 16, 2011

Incidents From Shadrach Byfield's Narrative

An English soldier, Shadrach Byfield, wrote a Narrative about his experiences in the War of 1812 (also here).

From the Editor's preface:

That one of our own writers who has seen fit to sneer at 1812 as "an opera-bouffe war" might well read the simple statement of Byfield's company, reduced from 110 men to 15 by death, wounds and capture.

Such losses do not point to Scott, Pike, Ripley and their men as carrying on anything but war in deadly earnest.

 Excerpts from the Narrative regarding Detroit and Fort George.


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