Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Carol Ann Strahl:
In deeply researched, clearly written prose, the author details a world of slippery alliances and porous
boundaries. We are introduced to many historical personages involved in this struggle. Both their names and deeds have escaped the general history literature of that time.
Because this war was waged at our doorstep in Western New York, it behooves any student of local history to peruse this material. As with so many episodes in America’s past, the native population, whom both sides relied on in battle, were the real losers. They lost their homelands and their autonomy. Of local interest, in the burning of Buffalo and Black Rock, there was only one building spared.
This is a fascinating and fact-filled look at a war that was the precursor to a much larger Civil War. The War of 1812 divided Americans, Indians and the Irish during a lingering age of revolution. It was out of this turmoil which extended on and off to the 1860’s that allowed the march of freedom to continue. A terrific read for any student of history.
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