War of 1812-14 Bicentennial

Over 70 articles and 30 book reviews related to the War of 1812.

Educational Resources

Since 1899, The Ontario Historical Society has published its scholarly, peer-reviewed journal Ontario History. In celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the OHS has digitized and made available electronically over 70 articles and 30 book reviews related to the War of 1812. It has also digitized and made available electronically a number of articles published by the now defunct Women’s Canadian Historical Society (WCHS).

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, K. B., ca.1883, President and Administrator of Upper Canada, 1811-12. Painted by George Theodore Berthon (1806-1892), Oil on canvas. Government of Ontario Art Collection, 694158.

Book Reviews on War of 1812-14 Related Titles

The following reviews are reproduced from the From the Bookshelf page of the OHS Bulletin. N.B. This is not a comprehensive list of books published about the War.

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And All Their Glory Past: Fort Erie, Plattsburgh and the Final Battles in the North, 1814
Donald E. Graves. Robin Brass Studio. 440 pages.
Reviewed in April 2014 OHS Bulletin no. 191

The Tide of War: The 1814 Invasions of Upper Canada
Richard Feltoe. Dundurn. 159 pages.
Reviewed in April 2014 OHS Bulletin no. 191

1812: A Guide to the War and Its Legacy
Terry Copp, Matt Symes, Caitlin McWilliams, Nick Lachance, Geoff Keelan, Jeffrey W. Mott
Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (WLU Press). 264 pages.
Reviewed in Summer 2013 OHS Bulletin no. 188

The Flames of War: The Fight for Upper Canada, July – December 1813
Richard Feltoe. Dundurn. 168 pages.
Reviewed in Summer 2013 OHS Bulletin no. 188

The Call to Arms: The 1812 Invasions of Upper Canada and The Pendulum of War: The Fight for Upper Canada, January – June 1813
Richard Feltoe. Dundurn. 158 pages/160 pages.
Reviewed in May 2013 OHS Bulletin no. 187

Searching for the Forgotten War – 1812, Canada vol. 1
Patrick Richard Carstens and Timothy L. Sanford. Xlibris. 571 pages.
Reviewed in October 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 185

Colonel Christopher Myers, 1774-1817: His Life and Family
Michael J. Jaques. Archives Lanark. 84 pages.
Reviewed in October 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 185

Four Wars of 1812
D. Peter Macleod. Douglas & McIntyre. 96 pages.
Reviewed in October 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 185

Great Battles of the War of 1812: Fire Along the Frontier
Alastair Sweeny. Dundurn. 272 pages.
Reviewed in October 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 185

Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812
Connie Brummel Crook. Pajama Press. 272 pages.
Reviewed in October 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 185

Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: Everyday Life in Upper Canada, 1812-1814
Dorothy Duncan, Dundurn. 248 pages.
Reviewed in Summer 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 184

Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812
Peggy Dymond Leavey, Dundurn (Quest Biography). 224 pages.
Reviewed in Summer 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 184

Redcoated Ploughboys: The Volunteer Battallion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815
Richard Feltoe, Dundurn, 432 pages.
Reviewed in May 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 183

Taken and Destroyed: The War of 1812 Losses Claims, London and Western Districts Upper Canada
Glenn Stott and Carol Hall, Global Heritage Press, 223 pages.
Reviewed in February 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 182

Brock’s Agent
Tom Taylor, Hancock and Dean, 346 pages.
Reviewed in February 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 182

Captain Fitz: Fitzgibbon, Green Tiger of the War of 1812
Enid Mallory, Dundurn (Natural Heritage Books), 176 pages.
Reviewed in February 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 182

The War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites
John Grant and Ray Jones, Turner Publishing, 192 pages.
Reviewed in February 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 182

The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812-1816: Who were they and what did they do in the war?
Winston Johnston
Reviewed in February 2012 OHS Bulletin no. 182

The Astonishing General: The Live and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock
Wesley B. Turner, Dundurn, 369 pages.
Reviewed in December 2011 OHS Bulletin no. 181

Billy Green and Balderdash: A Presentation of the Facts
David B. Clark, Douglas A. Green and M. Lubell, Stoney Creek H. S., 30 pages.
Reviewed in December 2011 OHS Bulletin no. 181

The House of McFarland: A Master Shipwright’s Legacy
David F. Hemmings, Bygones Publishing. 213 pages.
Reviewed in December 2011 OHS Bulletin , no. 181

A Matter of Honour: The Life, Campaigns, and Generalship of Isaac Brock
Jonathon Riley, Robin Brass Studio, 336 pages.
Reviewed in October 2011 OHS Bulletin no. 180

Stanley Barracks: Toronto’s Military Legacy
Aldona Sendzikas, Dundurn (Natural Heritage), 216 pages.
Listed in Summer 2011 OHS Bulletin no. 179

Laura Ingersoll Secord: A Heroine and Her Family
David F. Hemmings, Bygones Publishing, 167 pages.
Reviewed in March 2011 OHS Bulletin no. 178

The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies
Alan Taylor, Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House of Canada, 624 pages.
Reviewed in December 2010 OHS Bulletin no. 177

The Lake Captain, 1812
Ron Burgess, Borealis Press, 313 pages.
Reviewed in October 2010 OHS Bulletin no. 176

Strange Fatality: The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813
James E. Elliot, Robin Brass Studio, 312 pages.
Reviewed in October 2009 OHS Bulletin no. 171

Four Years on the Great Lakes, 1813-1816: The Journal of Lieutenant David Wingfield, Royal Navy
Don Bamford and Raul Carroll, Dundurn (Natural Heritage), 280 pages.
Reviewed in October 2009 OHS Bulletin no. 171

Norfolk, Haldimand and the War of 1812 including the Six Nations
Bob Blakeley and Cheryl MacDonald, Heronwood Enterprises, 100 pages.
Reviewed in February 2009 OHS Bulletin no. 168

Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813
Robert Malcomson, Robin Brass Studio, 489 pages.
Reviewed in Summer 2008 OHS Bulletin no. 165

In the Midst of Alarms: The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812
Dianne Graves, Robin Brass Studio, 496 pages.
Reviewed in April 2008 OHS Bulletin no. 164

Fix Bayonets! A Royal Welch Fusiliers at War, 1796-1815
Donald E. Graves, Robin Brass Studio, 488 pages.
Reviewed in September 2007 OHS Bulletin no. 161

Through Water, Ice & Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812
Barry Gough, Dundurn, 213 pages.
Reviewed in April 2007 OHS Bulletin no. 159

Ontario History: Special Double Issue on the War of 1812
Spring 2012, Vol. CIV, No. 1
Ed. Thorold Tronrud, Published by The Ontario Historical Society.

Featuring new scholarship by Elaine Young, Mark A. Olinger, James Tyler Robertson, Timothy S. Forest, Todd Stubbs and Jean Morrison. Featuring reprinted scholarship by Adam Shortt, Charles W. Humphries, Barlow Cumberland, and William Renwick Riddell.

Ontario History Articles on the War of 1812

The Ontario Historical Society has, for the first time, digitized and made available electronically, all articles and book reviews related to the War of 1812 that have been published in its journal Ontario History since 1899. Over 70 articles have been digitized, dating back as early as 1905. Below is a listing of the articles.

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YearVolumeAuthor(s)Title
19056Barker, John S.Battle of Goose Creek in 1813
19056N/ABattle of Queenston Heights
19078Cumberland, BarlowThe Navies on Lake Ontario in the War of 1812
19078Mills, G. K.The Nottawasaga River Route
19109Cruikshank, E. A.An Episode of the War of 1812: The Story of the Schooner Nancy
19109Cleary, FrancisFort Malden or Amherstberg
19109Coutts, Katherine B.Thamesville and the Battle of the Thames
191310Severance, Frank H.Collections of Historical Material Relating to the War of 1812
191310Cleary, FrancisDefence of Essex During the War of 1812
191310Cole, Lieut.-ColonelDespatch from Col. Lethbridge to Major-General Brock
191310Macdonell, J. A.Major-General Sir Isaac Brock
191310Buell, Lieut.-Colonel W. S.Military Movements in Eastern Ontario During the War of 1812
191310Shortt, AdamThe Economic Effect of the War of 1812 on Upper Canada
191412Burpee, Lawrence J.Influence of the War of 1812 Upon the Settlement of the Canadian West
191412Dolan, George R.The Past and Present Fortifications at Kingston
191412Hopkins, J. CastellThe War of 1812-15
191513Cruikshank, E. A.Some Unpublished Letters From General Brock
191513Scammell, E. H.The Rush-Bagot Agreement of 1817
191614Burt, A. BlancheCaptain Robert Heriott Barclay, R.N.
191917Ermatinger, His Honourable JudgeThe Retreat of Proctor and Tecumseh
192219Cruikshank, E. A.A Sketch of the Public Life and Services of Robert Nichol
192320Cruikshank, E. A.Some Letters of Robert Nichol
192320Riddell, William RenwickThe Ancaster "Bloody Assize" of 1814
192320Cruikshank, E. A.The County of Norfolk in the War of 1812
192421Cruikshank, E. A.Contest For Command of Lake Ontario in 1814
192522Green, ErnestJohn de Cou, Pioneer
192623Riddell, William RenwickAn Echo of the War of 1812
192623Breithaupt, W. H.Some Facts About the Schooner "Nancy" in the War of 1812
192623Ingersoll, J. H.The Ancestry of Laura Ingersoll Secord
192623Coyne, James H.The Bold Canadian: A Ballad of the War of 1812
192623Green, ErnestThe Niagara Portage Road
192724Cruikshank, E. A.The "Chesapeake" Crisis As It Affected Upper Canada
192925Cruikshank, E. A.John Beverley Robinson and the Trials for Treason in 1814
192925Hathaway, E. J.The Story of the Old Fort in Toronto
193026Riddell, William RenwickBenejah Mallory, Traitor
193026Cruikshank, E. A.Notes On the Early Settlement of Burford
193127Green, ErnestUpper Canada's Black Defenders
193228Watson, O. K.Moraviantown
193228N/AThe "Nancy"
193329Cruikshank, E. A.Post-War Discontent at Niagara in 1818
193933Curry, Frederick C.Little Gibraltar (Bridge Island Blockhouse)
195244Thompson, Mabel W.Billy Green "The Scout"
195244Preston, R. A.The Fate of Kingston's Warships
195346Snider, C. H. J.Recovery of H.M.S. Tecumseth
195648Weekes, William M.The War of 1812: Civil Authority and Martial Law in Upper Canada
195648Stacey, Colonel C. P.Upper Canada at War, 1814: Captain Armstrong Reports
195749Klinck, C. F.Some Anonymous Literature of the War of 1812
195850Stacey, Colonel C. P.The War of 1812 in Canadian History
195951Humphries, Charles W.The Capture of York
196052Hamilton, CraigThe Loyal and Patriotic Society of Upper Canada
196052Martin, John D. P.The Regiment de Watteville: Its Settlement and Service in Upper Canada
196355Stanley, G. F. G.The Significance of the Six Nations Participation in the War of 1812
196557Ingram, GeorgeThe Story of Laura Secord Revisited
196658Boylen, Major J. C.Strategy of Brock Saved Upper Canada: Candid Comments of a U.S. Officer Who Crossed at Queenston
197062Raudzens, George"Red George" MacDonnell, Military Saviour of Upper Canada?
197264Magill, M. L.William Allan and the War of 1812
197567 (3)Jarvis, EricMilitary Land Granting in Upper Canada Following the War of 1812
197870 (2)Benn, CarlThe Upper Canadian Press, 1793-1815
197971 (1)Douglas, W. A. B.The Anatomy of Naval Incompetence: the Provincial Marine in the Defence of Upper Canada Before 1813
198274 (4)Swainson, DonaldChronicling Kingston: An Interpretation
198779 (3)Antal, S.Myths and Facts Concerning General Procter
198779 (1)Rose, Gregory S.The Origins of Canadian Settlers in Southern Michigan
198880 (4)Strum, HarveyA Most Cruel Murder: The Isaac Underhill Affair, 1809
198880 (1)Schrauwers, AlbertThe Politics of Schism: The Separation of the Children of Peace, 1812
199082 (3)Sheppard, George"Deeds Speak": Militiamen, Medals, and the Invented Traditions of 1812
199183 (3)Booth, Alan D.Confusion in the Chronological Record of General Brock's Life
199687 (4)Griffin, D. MasseyForging an 1812 General: The Early Life of Sir Gordon Drummond
199890 (1)Brock, PeterAccounting for Difference: The Problem of Pacifism in Early Upper Canada
199890 (1)Brennagh, KateThe Role of Women in the Children of Peace

Ontario History Book Reviews on the War of 1812

The Ontario Historical Society has, for the first time, digitized and made electronically available, reviews of monographs related to the War of 1812 that have been published in its journal Ontario History since 1899. Over 25 reviews have been digitized, a listing of which appears below.

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Author(s)Book TitleYear PublishedReviewed by
Berton, PierreThe Invasion of Canada, 1812-18131980Swainson, Donald
Berton, PierreFlames Across the Border, 1813-18141982Greenhous, Brereton
Stanley, George F. G.The War of 1812: Land Operations1983Greenhous, Brereton
Fredriksen, John C.Free Trade and Sailors' Rights: A Bibliography of the War of 18121985Turner, Wesley B.
Douglas, JohnMedical Topography of Upper Canada1985Warsh, Cheryl Kransnick
Malcomson, R. & Malcomson, T.HMS Detroit: The Battle for Lake Erie1990Benn, Carl
Bowler, R. ArthurWar Along the Niagara Frontier : Essays on the War of 1812 and its Legacy1991Raible, Chris
Edited by Pfieffer, S. F. and Williamson, R. F.Snake Hill: An Investigation of a Military Cemetary from the War of 18121991Webb, Catherine
Whitehorne, Joseph W. A.While Washington Burned: The Battle for Fort Erie, 18141992Benn, Carl
Graves, Donald E.The Battle of Lundy's Lane: On the Niagara in 18141993Benn, Carl
Edited by Graves, Donald E.Merry Hearts Make Light Days: The War of 1812 Journal of Lieutenant John Le Couteur, 104th Foot1993Jarvis, Eric
Litt, Paul; Williamson, Ronald F.; Whitehorne, Joseph W. A.Death at Snake Hill: Secrets from a War of 1812 Cemetary1993Triggs, John R.
Wilder, Patrick A.The Battle of Sackett's Harbour1994Benn, Carl
Mclntyre, W. JohnChildren of Peace1994Noel, Jan
Sheppard, GeorgePlunder, Profit, and Paroles: A Social History of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada1994Seguin, Tim M.
Dunnigan, Brian LeighSiege 1759: The Campaign Against Niagara1996Benn, Carl
Dewar, Donald KeithThe Battle of Beaverdams: The Story of Thorold's Battle in the War of 18121996Jouppien, Jon K.
Fredriksen, John C.War of 1812 Eyewitness Accounts; an Annotated Bibliography1997Benn, Carl
Whitehorne, Joseph W. A.The Battle for Baltimore, 18141997Graves, Donald E.
Edited by Malcomson, R.Sailors of 1812: Memoirs and Letters of Naval Officers on Lake Ontario1997Summers, John
Smith, Arthur BrittonLegend of the Lake: The 22-Gun Brig-Sloop Ontario, 17801997Summers, John
Turner, Wesley B.British Generals in the War of 1812: High Command in the Canadas1999Baker, Ryan
Morris, John D.Sword of the Border: Major General Jacob Jennings Brown, 1775-18282000Benn, Carl
Abbott, John; Mount, Graeme S.; Mulloy, Michael J.The History of Fort St. Joseph2000Fair, Ross D.
Sutherland, StuartHis Majesty's Gentlemen: A Directory of British Regular Army Officers of the War of 18122000Graves, Donald E.
Rammage, Stuart A.The Militia Stood Alone: Malcolm's Mills 6 November 18142000Graves, Donald E.

Women’s Canadian Historical Society Articles on the War of 1812

The Ontario Historical Society has, for the first time, digitized and made electronically available, a number of articles published in the Women’s Canadian Historical Society’s Transactions. Eight articles have been digitized, dating back as early as 1899. Below is a listing of the articles.

YearAuthor(s)Title
1859Murney, MariaRecollections of Mary Warren Breckenridge
1893Edgar, M.The Explosion of the Magazine at York (Now Toronto) 27th April, 1813
1894Mickle, SaraDetails of the Capture of York, 27 April, 1813
1897Curzon, S. A.The Battle of Queenston Heights, October 13th, 1812
1907Mackenzie, K. G.Extracts from an Original MS Memoir of Capt. Freer
1914N/ARecollections of the War of 1812
1916Richardson, Lieut. JamesIncidents in the Early History of the Settlements in the Vicinity of Lake Ontario
1920N/ABrock's Last District General Orders