Windows on the War of 1812

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Stephen's Analysis : Battle of Crysler's Farm

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

"Battle of Crysler’s Farm, November 11, 1813: Carnage and Chaos, Invasion stopped cold in it’s tracks" by Stephen J. Arthurs


I included the date because of the significance of the day105 years later. We tend not to think about the warriors of 1812-1814 when weobserve Remembrance Day.

This three to four hour battle takes place the mid-morningafter a torrential rain the night before. Men on both sides are cold and hungry.

Witnesses nearby on their farms report hearing the massivevolley fire of the British verses the ragged popping of American muskets. Ihave depicted how the US attacks were uncoordinated and a unit breaks beforethe disciplined musketry of the Brits, running in broken lines to escape.

The ground would have been muddy and soaked with smallstreams, ponds, and a near shallow water table being close to the St LawerenceRiver.

A second unit on the left is just advancing as the Britishline straightens before delivering another whopping fusillade.

The center plane is clearing as smoke disapates after twovolleys. The American dead and wounded lie in two discernible lines, eachreflecting the calculable casualties relative to distance from the musket men.

As US and British infantry lie about the field, their crossbelts are symbolic of being walking “targets”; X marks the spot.

It is only the faces of the dead that can be seen, face upto the viewer with a strong intent to haunt the viewer with a wasted and spentforce, the blood life of a generation.

With the British fighting set battles and losing more men ina single engagement in Europe than all the available forces in all of theCanada’s.

The frugalness of Provost to marshal his resources hasnecessitated that British tactics reflect a high yield of enemy casualties versetheir own loses.

As both US commanders were laid up sick on the day of thebattle, I project this on the retreat of the US soldiers. There is no commanderto slow their retreat and reform them. This is to contrast with the Britishofficer directing and co-ordinating his force to counter a much largeropponent.


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