American History for Grammar Schools, in Three Parts

American History for Grammar Schools, in Three Parts

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... to making war at all; an army and a navy which Republican economy had reduced to the lowest possible limits; the financial condition of the government weakened by more Republican economy, ---these were some of the conditions; and with them was coupled inefficiency in the army, from the Secretary of War down through officers appointed for political reasons, and men who really believed that Canada was to be conquered simply by marching across the border. From the first, the idea-of the conquest of Canada met with favor; and, indeed, since it was necessary to send armies to proWu on the tect the settlements on the border, carrying the war Canadian into the enemy's territory was the natural plan. It "'"i' was at once decided to invade Canada at three points, --Detroit, Niagara, and Lake Champlain. Even before war was actually declared, armies were assembled at these places, and early in July orders were given to their commanders to enter Canada. The story of the Northwestern campaign is not one of which we as Americans may be proud. Had the commanders--Hull at Detroit, and Dearborn, who was in charge of operations against Niagara and the St. Lawrence--moved swiftly and with definite purpose, and, above all, in conjunction, the story might have ended differently. But orders from Washington were indefinite, and showed little knowledge of the necessities of the case. Hull was "to move when he liked," and Dearborn was " to take his own time." There could be little concerted action under orders like these, and, as we might expect, there was none. Hull's problem was, as Henry Adams puts it in his history of the time, "to march two hundred miles, constructing a road as he went; to garrison Detroit; more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236946804
  • 9781236946805