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British demands to move the northern border as far south as the Ohio River put New York on the first line of defense during the War of 1812. The leadership of Governor Daniel D. Tompkins however, distinguished the state’s contribution to the war effort, effectively mobilizing the considerable human and material resources that proved crucial to maintaining the nation’s sovereignty.
The new book, New York’s War of 1812: Politics, Society and Combat (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021) by Richard V. Barbuto, looks at New York State’s roll in the War of 1812. He will give a virtual talk on his book on Thursday, January 28th at 7 pm.
New York’s War of 1812 shows how, despite a widespread antiwar movement and fierce partisan politics, Tompkins managed to corral and maintain support — until 1814, when Britain agreed to peace.
Richard V. Barbuto is Professor Emeritus of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the author of Niagara 1814: America Invades Canada and Long Range Guns, Close Quarter Combat: The Third United States Artillery Regiment in the War of 1812.
The event will take place via Zoom. For more information or to register, visit the Old Fort Niagara website.
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