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The Call to Arms: The 1812 Invasions of Upper Canada [Paperback]

Richard Feltoe
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Sept. 15 2012 1459704398 978-1459704398

The Call to Arms is the first of six books in the series Upper Canada Preserved — War of 1812. Each book in this battlefield-based chronicle combines the best of modern historical research with extensive quotations from original official documents and personal letters to bring to life this crucial period of Canada's early history. Numerous historical images of locations are counterpointed with comparable modern perspectives to give a true then-and-now effect. Custom-drawn maps are also included to trace the course of individual battles stage-by-stage, while placing and moving the shifting formations of troops across a geographically accurate battlefield.

In this first entry in the series, the focus is on the 1812 invasions of Upper Canada: the Battles of Detroit, Queenston Heights, and Frenchman's Creek, and features such figures as Major General Isaac Brock, Brigadier General William Hull, Major General Roger H. Sheaffe, and Tecumseh, among others.


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Feltoe has done the study of the War of 1812 a valuable service by redrawing period maps and adding icons showing the relative positions and movements of the forces involved. These maps are among the best to appear in many years. The Call to Arms is an excellent popular study of the opening events of the conflict in Upper Canada and one looks forward to the subsequent volumes with anticipation.



When the full series is finally available, I look forward to using it as my go-to guide to the Canadian portion of the war. If you're looking for only one book or set to read, Feltoe is so far an excellent choice.

About the Author

Richard Feltoe was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and holds a degree in economics from the University of London. He is the curator and corporate archivist for the Redpath Sugar Museum and is active as a living history reenactor, portraying the life of a Canadian militia soldier from the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada regiment in the War of 1812-1815. His other publications include Redcoated Ploughboys. He lives in Brampton, Ontario.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit Dec 19 2012
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Once again, Richard Feltoe has suceeded in bringing history to life by his story telling, vivid descriptions and illustrations. This is a book which expands on his previous publication with regard to the War of 1812 and, like, that makes it a very easy read for a non-historian. This is a book which should be made available in schools (those schools who still teach Canadian history!) and libraries.

I note this is the first of six books in a series, and I look forward to reading future publications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my War of 1812 library Oct. 22 2012
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I found this book easy to read and informative, with enough of the storyteller's art to keep the history lively and interesting. Keep up the good work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look -- a quick read! Jan. 11 2014
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This first installment to a long-forgotten, "small" war is interesting and very detailed. I found it fascinating because the author is Canadian and how they view this "aggression" from the Canadian viewpoint. It's hard to believe American leaders were so timid and inept but lack of victories and lost lives serve to bear out these shortcomings. This book is purely for the history buff who wants to learn about this obscure war with Britain. Fun to read and easy to understand. I'm reading the entire series to get the full impact of this little war of "Yankee aggression".
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