Let us continue with,
Coming Home [page 145]
A Call to War [page 154]
The Long Distance War [page 162]
The proclamation on page 146 of the novel was issued by General Brock at York (Toronto) on July 6, 1812. (Tupper, Correspondence, pages 197/198.)
This section, ‘Coming Home,’ might as easily be entitled, ‘Going Home,’ as least as far as recent immigrants to Upper Canada were concerned. E. A. Cruikshank, writing for the Ontario Historical Society’s “Papers and Records”, Vol. XX, page 9, says “As soon as the declaration of war by Congress became known, a clandestine exodus of aliens began.” But by August, the exodus was no longer secretive.
A Call to War
Page 155 of the novel – Tecumseh gave a longer version of this address to the Choctaw in September, 1811. This speech was edited from H. B. Cushman’s, ‘History of the Choctaw,’ 1899. I leave it to the reader to judge the accuracy of Tecumseh’s forecast for the fate of First Nations, but to this author’s mind, total destruction of the Indian race was avoided only when the Nations had lost everything worth taking.
The Long Distance War
In regard to page 163, the capture of the American schooner Cuyahoga Packet by British forces from Fort Amherstburg was only the beginning of a string of embarrassing events that would end General Hull’s long, meritorious career and result in an American court martial sentence of death, later commuted by Madison’s Presidential Order. In early July, the American sailors of the Cuyahoga Packet
In the 19th century, after successful defense of its borders, a mythology grew of unified resistance against the invaders. At the time, however, Brock’s view was entirely different: Tupper, ‘Correspondence,’ page 202, July 12, 1812, Brock to Sir George Prevost: “There can be no doubt that a large portion of the population in this neighbourhood are sincere in their professions to defend the country; but it appears likewise evident to me that the greater part are either indifferent to what is passing, or so completely American as to rejoice in the prospect of a change of government . . .”