Awarded the 2008 John Lyman Prize for Canadian Naval and Maritime History
by the North American Society for Oceanic History
As Canada's central depot and naval dockyard on the Great Lakes early in the War of 1812, the capital frontier town of York (present-day Toronto) was a prime target for American forces. In April 1813 a squadron of warships under U.S. Commodore Isaac Chauncey sailed up Lake Ontario and landed about 1,800 soldiers there as the renowned explorer Gen. Zebulon Pike led his men into battle. Though the Americans took the town, their victory proved disappointing. Vessels they expected to seize were not there and supplies they hoped to capture were destroyed in a horrific explosion. Malcomson challenges conventional ideas about the battle as he brings to life the politicians, soldiers, and citizens whose destinies clashed at York.
Robert Malcomson, a resident of St. Catharines, Ontario, is a leading Canadian expert on the War of 1812. He is the author of numerous articles and two other books on the war.
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