Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813 by Donald, E GravesField of Glory: The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813 by Donald, E Graves

Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813

byDonald, E Graves

Paperback | May 15, 1999

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In the autumn of 1813, two American armies invaded Canada, determined to capture Montreal. Written by a leading scholar of the War of 1812, Field of Glory is the first book-length study of this military operation -- the largest mounted by the United States prior to the Civil War -- and relates the story of the 1813 St. Lawrence campaign, its origins in Washington, the plans and preparations of both sides, and the course of events. The centerpiece is the six chapters that recount in detail the hard-fought battles at Chateauguay on 26 October and at Crysler's Farm on 11 November 1813 where the invasion was halted.

Field of Glory is the story of a dark and forgotten chapter in the history of the United States Army. Led by incompetent and self-serving generals, desperately short of all the necessaries of war and hampered by illness and weather, the invading forces, strong only in numbers and courage, were defeated by well-trained regulars. From the lessons learned in this debacle, the U.S. Army went on to victory the following summer, as the author has recounted in his critically acclaimed study of the bloody 1814 battle of Lundy's Lane, Where Right and Glory Lead!

Readers interested in American military history will enjoy Graves's polished text, dramatic yet impeccable in its scholarship. The author never loses sight of the importance of the individual, and Field of Glory is studded with a cast of colourful characters -- soldiers and civilians, men and women, Americans, Britons, Canadians and natives, heroes and scoundrels -- who play out their roles in one of the most stirring periods in North American history.

The very readable text by an author who has been called "the master ofthe historical narrative" is enhanced by 12 maps and more than 100 illustrations showing personalities, historic locales, and the weapons, uniforms and tactics of both sides. The illustrations include sketches and the striking cover picture by renowned War of 1812 artist Peter Rindlisbacher.

Title:Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6.06 × 1.07 inPublished:May 15, 1999Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1896941109

ISBN - 13:9781896941103


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book every Canadian should Read! Donald E. Graves has written an outstanding depiction of not only the battles of Chateauguay and Crysler's Farm but also how people lived in this time. Graves's knowledge of the events, tactics, conditions and personalities are unparalleled. He provides a glimpse of what it would be like to be a member of the British Infantry or an American drummer boy. The defeat of a superior (in numbers only) American force in both battles is explained both tactically and politically. This book leaves one wondering how different the outcome would have been if the defensive strategy held by the Commander-in-chief Sir George Prevost was not employed and an offensive strategy mounted after Crysler's Farm. Field of Glory also illustrates the importance and bravery of the French speaking Canadien in battles to defend British North America. This was an excellent read and I recommend it to stoke the pride of every English and French speaking Canadian.
Date published: 2000-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Work! Graves has written a terrific book on a popular, but little understood, battle in Canadian/American history. He has done remarkable research, providing a wealth of details and anecdotes that bring the battles alive. Begining chapters are dedicated to the Americans and the condition of their army; information probably little known to the casual historian. The book moves along quickly and orderly, without dropping any details. The roles of all participants are stressed: British, American, English and French Canadians and, refreshingly, the aboriginals. The actual battle only consumes three chapters, but the battle at Chateauguay is also discussed in detail. Furthermore, Graves enlightens the reader on recruitment, training, camp-life and the aftermath of the 1813 campaign. The book has plenty of photographs and drawings; the maps are clear and well laid out. I had two minor complaints. First, it's a shame that some of the beautiful drawings from the Parks Canada were not in colour, particularily those of the uniforms which would have made them more valuable to the historian and hobbyist alike. The second was that there were too many typos and grammatical errors attributable to the use of word processors. I hate seeing those kinds of mistakes in scholarly works. Overall an interesting, informative book that I spent many hours at a time reading.
Date published: 2000-03-29

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Mohawks, anglophones, francophones and British troops fought the good fight against the Americans and won the battle of 1813. Field of Glory is a comprehensive account of the battles of Chateauguay and Crysler's Farm. Well-known historian of the War of 1812, Donald E. Graves provides details of various battles, painting vivid portraits of the characters who played important roles in them. War buffs and history lovers alike will enjoy the more than 100 illustrations depicting all facets of this important piece of Canadian history.