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In his study of William Henry Harrison David Curtis Skaggs sheds light on the role of citizen soldiers in taming the wilderness of the old Northwest Perhaps best known for the Whig slogan in 1840 Tippecanoe and Tyler Too Harrison used his efforts to pacify Native Americans and defeat the British in the War of 1812 to promote a political career that eventually elevated him to the presidencyHarrison exemplified the citizen soldier on the Ohio frontier William Henry Harrison is unusual among American presidents in that his career before becoming president was far important to history than his presidency While the abbreviated tenure in the office a mere 31 days was undoubtedly a factor in this it would have been difficult for him to have improved on his pre presidential achievements even if he had served a full term in the White House For as David Curtis Skaggs demonstrates in his study of Harrison s military career it is thanks to him that the United States did not lose the territory of the upper Midwest to after the War of 1812As Skaggs reveals this was merely the culmination of a distinguished period under arms The third son of a Tidewater aristocrat Harrison deferred to his father s wishes and initially pursued a medical career The elder Harrison s death freed William to abandon his studies and join the United States Army After a period of service on the frontier under the command of General Anthony Wayne Harrison transitioned into politics serving as the governor of Indiana Territory for over a decade In this position he was at the forefront of the government s efforts to deal with the Native Americans with Harrison s victory over the confederation at the battle of Tippecanoe breaking the back of independent native resistance to American settlementYet it was Harrison s victory over British forces in the War of 1812 that would prove important Early successes by British troops gave them dominance in much of the Great Lakes region jeopardizing American claims to the territory Though the British aspired to create a Native American buffer state in the region between the United States and Canada successive American victories culminating in the defeat of retreating British soldiers and their Native American allies at the battle of the Thames effectively ended such plans Here Skaggs emphasizes the importance of the partnership between Harrison and Oliver Hazard Perry which he argues was an unusual example of Army Navy cooperation and a critical factor in the success of American arms in the regionExtensively researched and well argued Skaggs s book is an excellent study of Harrison s often underappreciated military career It benefits greatly from the expansiveness of Skaggs s analysis which highlights the scope of Harrison s achievements by setting them within the context of the era By explaining such matters as the debates over Indian policy the politics of command and the logistical challenges of frontier warfare he emphasizes the many challenges Harrison overcame in achieving his successes Anyone seeking to better understand Harrison and his role in the War of 1812 would do well to start with this book which gives the general his due as a successful commander and a pivotal figure in American history

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William Henry Harrison and the Conuest of the Ohio Country

In the days when white men settled on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains at their peril Punctuated by almost continuous small scale operations and sporadic larger engagements warfare in this region revolved around a shifting system of alliances among various Indian tribes government figures white settlers and business leadersSkaggs focuses on Harrison’s early life and military exploits especially his role on Major General Anthony Wayne Solid history of the War of 1812 in the Old Northwest focusing on reconstructing the constant small scale engagements and the effect of that kind of deployment on the local militias drawn from settlers Skaggs has clearly absorbed these scattered sources over a lifetime of thinking and teaching and the smooth thoughtful synthesis shows

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's staff during the Fallen Timbers campaign and Harrison's leadership of the Tippecanoe campaign He explores how the military and its leaders performed in the age of a small standing army and part time Cincinnatus like forces This richly detailed work reveals how the military and Indian policies of the early republic played out on the frontier freshly revisiting a subject central to American history how white settlers tamed the west and at what cost A well written history of Harrison s northwestern campaign as well as Harrison s military career up to that point Skaggs argues that Harrison is a perfect example of American generalship during the war the last American war in which the senior generals would be prominent citizens rather than professional soldiers Skaggs covers Harrison s experience at Fallen Timbers in 1794 as territorial governor of Indiana and at Tippecanoe before describing his campaigns during the war with BritainInteresting balanced and informative The chronology goes back and forth a bit though


4 thoughts on “William Henry Harrison and the Conuest of the Ohio Country

  1. says:

    William Henry Harrison is unusual among American presidents in that his career before becoming president was far important to history than his presidency While the abbreviated tenure in the office a mere 31 days was undoubtedly a factor in t

  2. says:

    Solid history of the War of 1812 in the Old Northwest focusing on reconstructing the constant small scale engagements and the effect of that kind of deployment on the local militias drawn from settlers Skaggs has clearly absorbed these scattered sources over a lifetime of thinking and teaching and the smooth thoughtful

  3. says:

    A well written history of Harrison’s northwestern campaign as well as Harrison’s military career up to that point Skaggs argues that Harrison is a perfect example of American generalship during the war; “the last American war in which the senior generals would be prominent citizens rather than professional soldiers” Skaggs covers Harrison’s experience at Fallen Timbers in 1794 as territorial governor

  4. says:

    I recognize the value and hard work of the author but I didn't enjoy the book despite my strong interest in the subject matter I've read many books on Harrison's life and this time period but I found the style here a bit too techni