Lifeline: The War of 1812 Along the Upper St. Lawrence River - Mike Phifer. This work sheds light on the important region along the Upper St. Lawrence River (eastern Ontario and northern New York) during the War of 1812. All the battles and skirmishes are covered including the Wilkinson 1813 campaign which was the largest U.S. operation in, not only the War of 1812, but the largest until the Civil War. The raids on Sackets Harbor and Oswego are also covered as British and Canadians launched their troops and ships from Kingston in eastern Ontario. Discussions include: settlements of the north and south shore of the St. Lawrence River; military actions during the war; and the border crossing relationship between New York and Upper Canada, complete with the smuggling that went on between the two countries along the Upper St. Lawrence before and during the war. Finally, the book covers the problems the British had in getting enough provisions (which mostly came from New York and Vermont cattle drovers) to feed their soldiers and sailors, and the growing tensions between the Upper Canadians and the British military. A bibliography and a full name index add to the value of this work.
2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 170 pp.