Proctor: Wampum Denied
- --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "J.Bruce Whittaker" <ortheris@...>
>I supplied a transcript of the Proctor court martial to Sandy Antal
> I read "A Wampum Denied: Procter's War of 1812" by Sandy Antall last
> year. If I recall correctly Procter wasn't totally villified. The book
> does discuss how short supplied Procter was and other circumstances
> that were beyond his control.
> Bruce Whittaker
when he was writing the book and when he was down at Fort Malden for
the launch of "A Wampum Denied", he came over to dinner at my house.
We spent a pleasant evening discussing mainly Proctor.
There are no major and probably very few minor errors of fact in this
book. However, Sandy will be the first to admit that he wrote it as
an exercise to put the case for Proctor in as favourable a light as
the evidence could justify - not as an attempt to give a balanced,
neutral assessment of Proctor's War of 1812.
So, be aware that some of the interpretations of the facts that are
presented are "stretched" to fit the book's thesis. Other, more
plausible interpretations can be advanced on many of the arguments
made. Sandy is the first to admit this, too.
However, I do agree with Sandy that given the prevalence of works that
actually vilify Proctor and take the criticism way too far and in to
factually incorrect terrain, that "A Wampum Denied" serves as a very
useful and necessary counterbalance!
As usual, the truth probably lies somewhere between the blind
prejudices of the worst of the critical works of Proctor, and the
elegant vindications advanced in "A Wampum Denied"... Of the two
extremes, I personally think "A Wampum Denied", because it is grounded
in solid scholarship and debunks many myths about Proctor and the
operations of the Right Division, is the more useful read.