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- DescriptionOn September 1, 1814, under the command of Lt. Gen. Sir George Prevost, nearly 15,000 veteran British troops, fresh from victory over Napoleon, crossed the Canadian-American border-the largest foreign army ever to invade the United States. Opposing the British invasion were Gen. Alexander Macomb and his army of fewer than 5,000 men and the improvised fleet and brilliant strategy of thirty-year-old Lt. Thomas Macdough. They were on the losing side of a devastating war. By the time the British and Americans clashed on the waters and surrounding shores of Lake Champlain on September 11, 1814, Macomb and Macdough's government, pursued by British troops, had fled from a burning Washington. Yet despite the odds, the Americans managed to thwart the world's strongest naval power in one of the most decisive battles in American history. The source of the documentary film of the same name, The Final Invasion is based on primary research and original discoveries-including previously unkwn private diaries and orders, missing since the war. Fair-minded, astute, and passionately engaged with his subject, Col. David G. Fitz-Enz brings to life the immediacy and immensity of the British threat, the bloody reality of naval warfare, and the far-reaching consequences of the American victory against tremendous odds.
- Author BiographyCol. David G. Fitz-Enz was a Regular Army officer for thirty years. He was awarded the Soldier's Medal for heroism and the Bronze Star for valor before retiring in 1993. He is the author of Why a Soldier?: A Signal Corpsman's Tour from Vietnam to the Moscow Hot Line and lives near Plattsburgh, New York, with his wife, Carol.
- Author(s)Colonel David Fitz-Enz
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/11/2009
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNebraska
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBison Books
- Content Note1 map, 1 image
- Weight404 g
- Width4039 mm
- Height5969 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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