Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Review of Notices of the War of 1812,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. IX: Literary Criticism - part 02 (1902), 9:22-23


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[Southern Literary Messenger, June, 1836.]

THESE “Notices,” by the former Secretary of War, are a valuable addition to our history, and to our historical literature — embracing a variety of details which should not have been so long kept from the cognizance of the public. We are grieved, however, to see, even in the opening passages of the work, a piquancy and freedom of expression, in regard to the unhappy sources of animosity between America and the parent land, which can neither to-day nor hereafter answer any possible good end, and may prove an individual grain in a future mountain of mischief. At page 12, for example.

“Still her abuse of power did not stop here: it was not enough that she thus outraged her rights on the ocean; the bosoms of our bays, the mouths of our rivers, and even the wharves of our harbors, were made the theatres of the most flagitious abuse; and as if determined to leave no cause of provocation untried, the personal rights of our seamen were invaded: and men, owing her no allegiance, nor having any connexion with her policy or arms, were forcibly seized, dragged on board her ships of war and made to fight her battles, under the scourge of tyrants and slaves, [page 23:] with whom submission, whether right or wrong, forms the whole duty of man.”

We object, particularly here to the use of the verb forms in the present tense.

Mr. Armstrong's publication will extend to two volumes — the second following as soon as possible. What we have now is mostly confined to the operations on the frontier. The subjects of main interest are the opposition to the War — Hull's Expedition — Loss at Michilimackinac — Surrender of Detroit — Militia operations in the West — Harrison's Autumnal and Winter Campaigns — the Partial Armistice — the attack on Queenstown, by Van Rensselaer — the invasion of Canada, by Smith — the campaign against the British advanced posts on Lake Champlain, by Dearborn — Chauncey and Dearborn's Expedition — the reduction of York and Fort George — the affair of Sackett's Harbor — the first and second investments of Fort Meigs — and the defeat of the British fleet on Lake Erie. The Appendix embraces a mass of official and other matter, which will prove of great service to the future historian. What follows has with us a deep interest, and we know many who will understand its origin and character.

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