Academic journal article Military Review

Sword of the Border

Academic journal article Military Review

Sword of the Border

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SWORD OF THE BORDER, John D. Morris, Kent State University Press, Kent, OH, 2000,348 pages, $35.00.

The War of 1812 merits a footnote in most history texts, and where generals are noted, acknowledgement is limited usually to Andrew Jackson or Winfield Scott. A long-neglected hero of the war, Major General Jacob Brown, has recently been remembered with a full-scale biography. John D. Morris' Sword of the Border restores Brown and the Niagara Campaign he commanded to their proper place in history.

Brown, a wealthy landowner from upstate New York, served in the New York militia at the start of the war. His leadership on the Northern Border led to a defensive victory at Sacketts Harbor, and he was commissioned a brigadier general in the regular Army. While commanding the Left Division, Brown was handicapped by poor communications, limited naval support, and ineffective leadership from the War Department.

Morris disputes one of the longstanding myths of the War of 1812 about Scott's Camp of Instruction, which was said to have been directly responsible for the victories at Chippawa and Lundy's Lane. …

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