And All Their Glory Past

Fort Erie, Plattsburgh and the Final Battles in the North, 1814

And All Their Glory Past is the story of the last major battles of the War of 1812 along the U.S.-Canada frontier, which were fought in the summer and autumn of 1814.

The first of these actions is the 53-day siege of Fort Erie, which incurred more casualties than the better known battle of New Orleans in some of the most vicious fighting of the war. The Americans besieged in the fort on the Canadian side of the Niagara River succeeded in driving off British attacks but finally decided to withdraw across the border before the onset of winter, thus marking the end of hostilities on Canadian soil.

The second is the naval and land battle of Plattsburgh, New York. An outgunned American naval squadron on Lake Champlain succeeded through outstanding seamanship in defeating their Royal Navy opponents, causing the British General Sir George Prevost to withdraw, a reverse that he was unable to live down and an American victory that had a direct bearing on the final outcome of the war.

Donald Graves E.

Donald E. Graves, one of Canada's best known military historians, is the -author or editor of 20 books primarily on the War of 1812 and the Second World War. His studies on the battles of Lundy's Lane (Where Right and Glory Lead!) and Crysler's Farm (Field of Glory) are established classics of musket-period warfare.

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