|War of 1812|
|Capture of Detroit|
|This Month in History|
|Editor in Chief|
|Letter from the Editor||1812 - Beaver Dams|
MICHAEL APPS - History is one of those fields of study which has no boundaries. Constantly evolving, and consistently exciting, there is always a discussion to be had with an avid history buff, regardless of specific area of interest or time period. As a Canadian it can be easy to lose oneself, and be overshadowed by the events and histories of our larger neighbour to the south, and our parental nations across the Atlantic. Yet, once the historian begins to explore the pages of our collective history, our rich and dynamic past is unveiled and the essence of our Canadian being exposed. Canada History is dedicated to the promotion of events, websites, publications, media and dialogue which presents issues and aspects of Canada’s history throughout the ages. We aim to provide a forum for discussion and academic interpretation of our shared past, and to foster a greater appreciation for the place we call home.
We invite you to be a part of the celebration of our Canadian legacy, and to shape our understanding of Canadian events both old and new. On the year of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 there is no better way to honour the sacrifice of the soldiers on both sides, and the long lasting impact this war has on our Canadian identity than to join us, and participate in this tribute to the past.
|In the year of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, there are many themes which will be reflected in the national media. Overtones of national identity and unity, as well as references to the ‘Militia Myth’ wherein the belief that Canadian volunteers were valuable soldiers based on the intrinsic value of being Canadian born was established, shall abound. The cult of the hero, as embodied most notably in the occasion of the death of Major General Isaac Brock, and the trek of Laura Secord, will also gain a prominent position. Focus will be brought upon major engagements in the war, such as Lundy’s Lane, Chateauguay, and Stoney Creek, as well as daring escapades such as the Siege of Detroit. However, wars are not won solely on account of a pitched battle. While major battles were often highly costly in both human lives and resources, it was in the minor engagements and harassing manoeuvres where long lasting impacts on the outcome of the war were established. The engagement at Beaver Dams on the 24th of June 1813 was one of these occasions. Following the British victory at Stoney Creek on the 6th of June Brigadier General John Vincent directed that the retreating American forces should be harassed, and communication corridors between the American forts George, Erie and Niagara severed. Volunteering for the position was junior officer Lieutenant James Fitzgibbon, a tenacious, dashing and clever officer (On the eve of Stoney Creek, FitzGibbon had reconnoitered the American encampment in the guise of a settler setting butter) who had been raised from the ranks. Operating out of the DeCou homestead east of Burlington Heights|