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During the War of 1812, state militias were intended to be the primary fighting force. Unfortunately, while militiamen showed willingness to fight, they were untrained, undisciplined, and ill-equipped. These raw volunteers had no muskets, and many did not know how to use the weapons once they had been issued. Though established by the Constitution, state militias found themselves wholly unprepared for war. The federal government was empowered to use these militias to "execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions;" but in a system of divided responsibility, it was the states' job to appoint officers and to train the soldiers. Edward Skeen reveals states' responses to federal requests for troops and provides in-depth descriptions of the conditions, morale, and experiences of the militia in camp and in battle. Skeen documents the failures and successes of the militias, concluding that the key lay in strong leadership. He also explores public perception of the force, both before and after the war, and examines how the militias changed in response to their performance in the War of 1812. After that time, the federal government increasingly neglected the militias in favor of a regular professional army.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. The Militia before the War of 1812
  2. pp. 4-16
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  1. 2. Congress and Military Mobilization
  2. pp. 17-38
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  1. 3. Militia Organization
  2. pp. 39-61
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  1. 4. The States and Militia Mobilization
  2. pp. 62-76
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  1. 5. The Militia and the War in the West
  2. pp. 77-95
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  1. 6. The Militia and the War on the Northern Front
  2. pp. 96-125
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  1. 7. The Atlantic Front and the Battle of Bladensburg
  2. pp. 126-140
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  1. 8. Federal-State Relations
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. 9. War in the South and the Battle of New Orleans
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. 10. The War's End and the Decline of the Militia
  2. pp. 175-184
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 185-214
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  1. Bibliographical Essay
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813149554
Related ISBN
9780813120898
MARC Record
OCLC
607130828
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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