A Basic Reading List for the War of 1812 - Compiled by a Canadian Historian

We'd like to thank Major John Grodzinski for the following:


Primary Sources-Published and Period Works

Published Personal Accounts, Diaries, Journals and Correspondence


Articles and Biographical Entries

  • Drake, Frederick C. “Commodore Sir James Yeo and Governor General George Prevost: A Study in Command Relations,” in New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Eighth Naval History Symposium,ed. William B. Cogar (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989), 156-174.
  • Galpin, W. Freeman. “The American Grain Trade to the Spanish Peninsula, 1810-1814,” American Historical Reviewvol. 28 (1923): 24-25.
  • Graham, Gerald S. “Views of General Murray on the Defence of Upper Canada, 1815. Canadian Historical Review, vol. 34, no. 2 (1953): 158-165.
  • Graves, Donald E. “The Redcoats are Coming! British Troop Movements to North America in 1814,” Journal of the War of 1812, vol. 6 no. 3, (2001): 12-18.
  • Greenhous, Brereton. “A Note on Western Logistics in the War of 1812”, Military Affairs, vol. 34 no. 2 (1970): 41- 44.
  • Grodzinski, John R. “Much to Be Desired: The Campaign Experience of British General Officers of the War of 1812” in the War of 1812 Magazine Issue 6 (September 2007), at http://www.napoleon-series.org/military/Warof1812/2007/Issue7/c_Bri...
  • Hitsman, J. Mackay. “Sir George Prevost’s Conduct of the Canadian War of 1812.” Canadian Historical Association Report(1962): 34-43.
  • Hendry, Douglas, Charles C. Morrissey and David Curtis Skaggs. “British Personnel at the Battle of Lake Erie.´ Inland Seas, vol. 54, no. 4 (1998): 297-314.
  • Kimball, Jeffrey. “The Fog and Friction of Frontier war: The Role of Logistics in American Offensive Failure During the War of 1812,” The Old Northwest5, (1979-1980): 323-343.
  • Malcomson, Robert. “The Crews of the British Squadron at Put-in-Bay: A Composite Muster Roll and Its Insights, Part I,” Inland Seas, vol. 51, no. 2, (1995): 16-29.
  • Malcomson, Robert. “The Crews of the British Squadron at Put-in-Bay: A Composite Muster Roll and Its Insights, Part II,” Inland Seas, vol. 51, no. 3, (1995): 43-56.
  • Malcomson, Tom. “Muster Table for the Royal Navy’s Establishment on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812,” The Northern Mariner, vol. 9, no. 2 (1999): 41-67.
  • Preston, Richard A. “The First Battle of Sackets Harbor” Historic Kingston, no. 11, (1961-1962): 3-7.
  • Raudzens, George. “Red George’ Macdonell, Military Saviour of Upper Canada?” Ontario History,vol. 62, vol. 4 (1970): 199-212.
  • Rose, J. Holland. “British West India Commerce as a Factor in the Napoleonic Wars,” Cambridge Historical Journal, vol. 3, no 1 (1929): 34-46.
  • Scadding, Henry. “The Letters of Veritas,” The Canadian Monthly and National Review, vol. 9 no. 2 (1876): 89-94.
  • Stacey, C.P. “The Ships of the British Squadron on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814,” Canadian Historical Review35 (1935): 311-323.
  • Stacey, C.P.  “An American Plan for a Canadian Campaign”, Canadian Historical Review,vol. 46, no. 1 (1940): 348-358.
  • Stacey, C.P. “Commodore Chauncey’s Attack on Kingston Harbour, November 10, 1812,” Canadian Historical Review,vol. 32, no. 2 (1951): 126-138.



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And if adding to the list is possible I suggest the following:

Berton, Pierre, The Invasion of Canada 1812 - 1813, McClelland & Stewart, 1980

Berton, Pierre, Flames Across the Border, 1813 - 1814, McClelland & Stewart, 1981

Collins, Gilbert, Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812, second edition, revised & updated, The Dundurn Group, 2006


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