William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio


10 thoughts on “William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country: Frontier Fighting in the War of 1812

  1. says:

    William Henry Harrison is unusual among American presidents in that his career before becoming president was farimportant 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 h William Henry Harrison is unusual among American presidents in that his career before becoming president was farimportant 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 1812.As 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 settlement.Yet it was Harrison s victory over British forces in the War of 1812 that would proveimportant 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 region.Extensively 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


  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 synthesis shows.


  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 of Indiana, and at Tippecanoe before describing his campaigns during the war with Britain.Int 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 Britain.Interesting, balanced, and informative The chronology goes back and forth a bit, though


  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 technical for my tastes so I tended to skim through many parts Perhaps I I visit this again.


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William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country: Frontier Fighting in the War of 1812 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 inTippecanoe and Tyler Too Harrison used his efforts to pacify Native Americans and defeat the British in the War ofto promote a political career that eventually elevated him to the presidencyHarrison exemplified the citizen soldier on the Ohio frontier 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 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

  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country: Frontier Fighting in the War of 1812
  • David Curtis Skaggs
  • English
  • 08 March 2018
  • 1421405466

About the Author: David Curtis Skaggs

An historian specializing in colonial America and the early Republic, David Curtis Skaggs, Jr is professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University.