Cruikshank's collection of correspondence and papers has provided generations of historians and genealogists with detailed firsthand accounts of events and experiences during The War of 1812. The original books (1896-1908) were printed on low quality paper that has dramatically deteriorated over the years, making original copies extraordinarily difficult to find and easily damaged when used. This new printing is on acid-free paper and bound in premium grade materials, designed for durability and attractive appearance.
The correspondence and papers that are included in The Documentary History of the Campaign on the Niagara Frontier provide the reader/researcher with accounts covering a wide spectrum -- "Most Secret and Confidential" military letters; returns of killed, wounded and missing; lists of civilian damages; lists of "persons plundered"; administrative correspondence; and other topics relating to the war, both military and civilian.
Each volume includes a comprehensive index. Volumes 1& 2 are bound into a single book because they are sequentially page numbered with a single index covering both volumes. Volumes 3 through 9 are all individually bound, each with its own index.
Brigadier-General Ernest Alexander Cruikshank (1853-1939) was born in Bertie Township, (ON), on 29 June 1853, educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto, was for some time (1908) in charge of military manuscripts in the Public Archives of Canada, and between 1918 and 1921, Director of the Historical Section of the General Staff in Ottawa. Also served as Chairman of the Hist. Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Was a member of various historical societies; was president of the Ontario Hist. Society 1921-22; and was a Fellow of the Royal Hist. Society of England, as well as of The Royal Society of Canada . He authored many highly regarded books and papers relating particularly to the War of 1812 and to the history of Upper Canada (ON). He was awarded the Tyrrell Medal in 1935.