The War of 1812, Walker Library
The Walker Library Project “The War of 1812”
Introduction: The Walker Library Project is an effort to catalogue the 6000+ volumes of the Walker Library so that they can be loaned out to students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, home-schoolers, the members of Redeemer Church in Fort Worth and other special friends.
The War of 1812 is one of America’s least known and least studied wars, even though this is the war which produced the poem which became our National Anthem- “The Star Spangled Banner”. The war is sometimes called our nation’s second war for independence because it was a war with Britain which had not been respecting our sovereignty, especially on the high seas. The war was complex because internal, regional strife played a powerful political role and because the war involved some complex relations with various Indian tribes and there was an effort to invade Canada.
This past year, 2012, was the bicentennial anniversary of the war of 1812, but there were not many celebrations. My way of celebrating will be to read a few books on the war over the next couple of years and hopefully expand the library on this particular subject. Here is the pretty short list of books on the War of 1812 found in The Walker Library.
General Histories of the War of 1812:
Borneman, Walter R. 1812, The War That Forged A Nation. HarperCollins Publishers: New York, 2004 (349pp.)
Coles, Harry L. The War of 1812,The Chicago History of American Civilzation series. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1965 (298pp.)
Daughan, George C. 1812, The Navy’s War. Basic Books: New York, 2011 (491pp.)
Gilpin, Alec R. The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest. Michigan State University Press: East Lansing, MI. 1958 (286pp.)
Hickey, Donald R. The War of 1812, A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial Edition. University of Illinois Press: Urbana, ILL. 2012 (454pp.)
Hickey, Donald R. editor. The War of 1812: Writings From America’s Second War Of Independence. The Library of America. Library Classics of the United States, Inc.: New York, 2013 (892pp.)
Leckie, Robert. The Wars of America, Vol.1: Quebec to Appomattox. Harper and Row: New York, 1968 (pp.217-314).
____________. From Sea to Shining Sea: From the War of 1812 to the Mexican War, the Saga of America’s Expansion. HarperPerennial: New York, 1993 (pp.121-391).
Mahon, John K. The War of 1812. Da Capo Press: New York, 1972 (476 pp.)
Roosevelt, Theodore. The Naval War of 1812, in The Modern Library-War series. The Modern Library: New York, 1999, originally published in 1882, (308pp.)
Specific Battles and Campaigns of the War of 1812
Barbuto, Richard V. Niagra 1814, America Invades Canada. University Press of Kansas: Lawrence, KS 2000 (410pp.)
Elliot, James E. Strange Fatality, The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813. Robin Brass Studio, Inc: Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec, Canada 2009 (311pp.)
Ferris, Marc. Star Spangled Banner, the Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem. Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD. 2014 (302 pp.)
Graves, Donald E. Field of Glory, The Battle of Crysler’s Farm, 1813. Robin Brass Studio: Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec, Canada 1999 (426pp.)
______________. Where Right and Glory Lead! The Battle of Lundy’s Lane, 1814. ibid. 1997 (332pp.)
______________. Red Coats & Grey Jackets, The Battle of Chippawa 5 July 1814. Dundurn Press: Toronto, Canada 1994 (210pp.)
Jortner, Adam. The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier. Oxford University Press: New York, 2012 (310pp.)
Keating, Ann Durkin. Rising Up from Indian Country, The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 2012 (294pp.)
Malcomson, Robert. A Very Brilliant Affair: The Battle Of Queenston Heights 1812. Naval Institute Press: Annapolis, Maryland 2003 (328pp.)
Ibid. Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813.Robin Brass Studio: Montreal, Canada 2008 (489pp.)
Malcomson, Robert. Lords of the Lake, The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814. Robert Brass Studio, Inc: Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec, Canada, 2001 (409pp.)
Pickles, Tim. New Orleans, 1815. Osprey Publishing Ltd: Oxford, 1993 (96pp.)
Pitch, Anthony S. The Burning of Washington, The British Invasion of 1814. Naval Institute Press: Annapolis, MD. 1998 (298pp.)
Remini, Robert V. The Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson and America’s First Military Victory. Viking: New York, 1999 (226pp.)
Skaggs, David Curtis. Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, And Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy. Naval Institute Press: Annapolis, MD. 2006 (302pp.)
Smith, Zachary F. The Battle of New Orleans. Leonaur: http://www.LEONAUR.COM 2009 (210pp.) Originally published The Filson Club, 1904.
Tucker, Spencer C. and Reuter, Frank T. Injured Honor, The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair June 22, 1807. Naval Institute Press: Annapolis, MD. 1996 (268pp.)
Vogel, Steve. Through the Perilous Fight, Six Weeks That Saved The Nation. Random House: New York, 2013 (534pp; purchased Feb.