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BOOK REVIEW: The British at the Gates: The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, August 12, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The British at the Gates: The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812

by Robin Reilly

The first half of this older book (1974), about 150 pages or so, provided a good overview of the causes of the War of 1812 and various campaigns and failed diplomatic efforts to end the war. The second half covered the actual British campaign to take New Orleans, including the frontal assault against Andrew Jackson's mud-wall fortifications stretching from Mississippi River to cypress swamps. More maps would be helpful. Nice OOB buried in the text.

Enjoyed it.

Tags:  1812 

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BOOK REVIEW: Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Friday, April 19, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019
BOOK REVIEW: Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny

by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Part early bio and part battle description, this breezy read zips along and provides a good overview of the strategy and moves that led to the Battle of New Orleans. I wish I had read this prior to my visit to the battlefield of Chalmette. Of particular interest was Jackson's spoiling attack at night at the British landing site before the King's army ever got to Chalmette. A bloody nose, indeed! Enjoyed it.

Tags:  1812  Jackson 

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