Field of Glory
- A few postings back I mentioned that I was reading Donald Grave's book "Field of
Glory". Len suggested I review the book when I finished. Well guess what? I'm
finished. I'm not very good writer but here go's nothing.
Mr. Grave's book centers on the American campaign in the St. Lawrence river area
during Oct. and Nov. 1813. He covers quite well I may add on the battles of
Chateauguay and Chrysler's Farm plus all the numerous little skirmishes between
and after these battles.
I found his writing style very clear and acqurate. Grave does do extensive research
on his topics but one aspect of his research I find very appealing is he gets information
from diaries or letters written by the enlisted man. Buy doing this he comes across
numerous little details that would normally not be found in a commissioned officer's
papers. An example of such details would be about US Drummer Boy Hanks who mentions that his leather
shako fell apart during this campaign do to the rainy weather.
Another positive aspect in his writing is that Graves tries to be as neutral as
possible in his writing. This was evident in his Lundy's Lane book. He tried
to maintain that level of objectivity here and was more or less successful.
Finally, I recommend Grave's book to all the wargamers out there. He includes
a few maps of the two armies dispostions on Nov. 11th as well as a detailed appendix
containing the order of battle for both Chateauguay and Chrysler's Farm.
Conclusion, It's a good read, go read it if you haven't already. You won't
find it a waste of time.
25th US, GLI