Part of the collection referring to the War of 1812...

Our collections are often of a nautical, maritime or naval nature. However, we hold many other books and documents that are less "marine" in nature, including military and indigenous subjects. Our choices do not suggest at all that unmentioned titles are not of interest to the historian. Our holdings may also include biographies and other works on ship design, naval matters, etc that are relevant to the War of 1812 without that being their primary focus.]

The following periodical/magazine articles were generously donated by their author, Robert Malcomson, in the cases where we do not have the original journal already in our collections. A partial list of our holding follows this table, and see also our main library catalogue entry for works on the War of 1812.

Title Publisher Description Vol Year Month
War on the Lakes The Beaver Magazine Article   1990 April/May
Controversial relationships among the British before and after the Battle of Lake Erie Vanwell Publishishing   46 1990 Fall
H.M.S. Detroit 1813 Maritime Review Magazine Article   1991 January/February
The Hamilton Scale Ship Modeller Magazine Article   1991 Faebruar/March
The Capture of the Schooner The American Neptune   51 1991 Spring
Niagara Sails Again Naval History Magazine Article 5 1991 Summer
The crews of the british squadron at Put-in Bay (Part1)       1991 Fall
H.M.S. St. Lawrence Ships in Scale Magazine Article 5 1994 January/February
The crews of the british squadron at Put-in Bay (Part2) Island Seas Magazine Article 51 1995 Fall
Xebecs for the Great Lakes War   Magazine Article   1996 May/ June
George Inglis   Short Story 21 1996  
War on Lake Onatrio The Beaver Magazine Article   1995 April/May
The Tecumseth Sails Again Maritime Magazine Magazine Article   1997 Spring
USS Constitution Military Technical Journal Magazine Article 12 1997 August
HMS St. Lawrence: The Freshwater first-Rate Mariners Mirrior Magazine Article 83 1997 November
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum And Gondola Philadelphia Model Ship Builder Magazine Article 14 1997 November/December
Letter   Letter   2000 16-Jul

Entries arranged alphabetically by Author's last name

Title Author Publisher ISBN First_P
Abbot, Willis J Naval History of the United States Volume 1 Peter Fenelon Collier   1886
Auchinleck, Gilbert History of the War between GB and the USA Arms and Armour 0-85368-088-4 1855
Barnes, James Naval Actions of the war of 1812 Harper and Brothers   1896
Barrett, Harry B Lore and Legends of Long Point Burns and MacEachern 0-887168-075-5 1977
Beasley, Norman Freighters of Fortune - The storry of the Great Lakes Harper and Brothers, NY   1930
Bellico, Russel P Sails and Steam in the mountains Purple Mountain Press 0-935796-32-0 1992
Berton, Pierre A l'assaut du Québec Editions de l'homme 2-7619-0204-1 1981
Berton, Pierre Les Américains attaquent Editions de l'homme 2-7619-0202-5 1980
Berton, Pierre Flames across the border McClelland and Stewart 0-7710-1244-6 1981
Berton, Pierre Invasion of Canada, The McClelland and Stewart 0-7710-1235-7 1980
Berton, Pierre Capture of Detroit, The McClelland and Stewart 0-7710-1425-2 1991
Berton, Pierre Death of Isaac Brock, The McClelland and Stewart 0-7710-1426-0 1991
Berton, Pierre Death of Tecumseh, The McClelland and Stewart 0-7710-1423-6 1994
Bird, Harrison Navies in the Mountains Oxford Universit Press, NY 62-9822 1962
Bird, Will R Atlantic Anthology McClelland and Stewart   1959
Brady, Cyrus Townsend Stephen Decatur Small, Maynard, and Co, Boston   1900
Cain, Emily Ghost Ships, The Musson Book Co Ltd 0-7737-0070-6 1983
Carse, Robert Early American Boats The World Publishing Company   1968
Carter, Samuel III Blaze of Glory - the fight for New Orleans 1814-1815 MacMillan 0-333-138287 1971
Casselman, Alexander Clark Richardson's War of 1812 Historical Publishing Co.   1902
Chapelle, Howard I. Search for speed under sail W.W. Norton 0-393-03127-6 1967
Chapelle, Howard I. Baltimore Clipper, The Bonanza Books 76-27148 1930
Clark, George R Short history of the United States Navy J.B. Lippincoyy Co   1910
Clibbie, C.F. Catalogue of the library, manuscripts, autograph letters, maps and prints forming the collection of Gerald E. Hart Charles F. Libbie and Co, Auctioneers, Boston   1890
Clowes, William Laird Royal Navy, The - Volume 6 Chatham Publishing 1-86176-015-9 1901
Colombo, John Robert and Richardson, Michael We stand on Guard Doubleday 0-385-25002-9 1985
Cooper, James Fenimore Naval History of the United States, vVolume 2 Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia   1839
Craig, Gerald M. Upper Canada The Formative Years 1784-1841 McClelland and Stewart Limited   1963
Douglas, W.A.B. Gunfire on the Lakes National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada   1977
Dudley, William S. Naval War of 1812, The, Vol 1, 1812 Naval Historical Center, USN 85-600565 1985
Dudley, William S. Naval War of 1812, The, Vol 2, 1813 Naval Historical Center, USN 0-945274-06-8 1985
Dudley, William S. and Crawford, Michael J. (ed) Naval War of 1812, The, Vol 3, 1814-15 Naval Historical Center, USN 0-945274-47-5 2002
Duncan, Roger F Coastal Maine, a maritime history Countryman Press 0-88150-555-2 1992
Durand, James An Able Seaman of 1812 New Haven   1926
Edgar, Matilda Ten Years of Upper Canada in Peace and War 1805-1815 William Briggs, Toronto   1890
Emerson (ed), George D. Perry's Victory Centenary, The J.B. Lyon Company   1916
Engle and Lott, Eloise and Arnold S American Maritime Heritage Naval Institute Press 0-87021-507-8 1975
Firth, Edith G Town of York 1793 - 1815, The University of Toronto Press   1962
Firth, Edith G Town of York 1815 - 1834, The University of Toronto Press   1966
FitzGibbon, Mary Agnes Veteran of 1812, A, the life of James Fitzgibbon Coles   1894
Forester, C.S. Age of Fighting Sail, The Dodd, Mead and Co. 56-7741 1956
Fowler, William M Jr Jack Tars and Comodores: the American Navy 1783-1815 Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 0-395-35314-9 1984
Fox, Dixon Ryan Harpers atlas of american history Harper & Publishers   1920
Gale, George Quebec 'twixt old and new Telegraph Printing Co   1915
Gardiner, Robert (ed), Malcomson, Robert, Lambert, David and Morriss, Roger Naval War of 1812, The Caxton Editions, Chatham Publishing 1-84067-3605 1998
Goff Clark, Margaret Danger at Niagara Funk and Wagnalls 68-27995 1968
Graham, Gerald S Empire of the North Atlantic University of Toronto Press   1950
Grant, Bruce Captain of old Ironsides Pellegrini and Cudahy   1947
Grant, W.L. History of Canada - Ontario High School T. Eaton and Co   1914
Graves, Donald E. Field of Glory Robin Brass 1-896941-10-9 1999
Green, Fitzhugh Our Naval Heritage Century   1925
Harper, J.M. Annals of the War, The Musson Book Co Ltd   nd
Havighurst, Walter Long ships passing, The Macmillan   1942
Heidler, David S. and Jeanne T. (ed) Encyclopedia of the War of 1812 ABC-CLIO 0-87436-968-1 1997
Hickey, Donald R. War of 1812, The , A Forgotten Conflict University of Illinois Press 0-252-01613-0 1989
Hitsman, J. Mackay Incredible War of 1812, The University of Toronto Press 0-8020-6058-7 1965
Horsman, Reginald Causes of the War of 1812 A.S. Barnes and Co 61-15201 1962
Horsman, Reginald War of 1812, The Alfred A Knopf 68-23941 1969
Hoyt, Edwin P Tragic Commodore, The, Story of Oliver Hazard Perry Abelard Schuman 66-10775 1966
Hutchison, Bruce Struggle for the Border Longmans, Green and Co   1955
Jacobs and Tucker, J.R. and Genn War of 1812, A compact history Hawthorn Books   1969
James, William M. Naval History of Great Britain, Volume 6, 1811-1827 Conway Maritime Press 0-85177-910-7 2002
King, Dean Every man will do his duty Henry Holt and Company 0-8050-4806-9 1997
Labaree, Benjamin W., Fowler, William M. Jr., Sloan, Edward W., Hattendorf, John B. , Safford, Jeffrey J. and German, Andrew W. America and the Sea: A Maritime History Mystic Seaport 0-913372-81-1 1998
Lawson, Don War of 1812, America's second War for Independence Abelard Schuman 66-11893 1966
Leacock, Stephen Canada, The foundations of its future House of Seagram   1941
Leech, Samuel Voice from the Main Deck, A Chatham Pub 1 86176 113 9 1999
Legget, Robert Seaway , The Clarke, Irwin and Co 0-7720-1270-9 1979
Lossing, Benson J. War of 1812, The New Hampshire Publishing 0-912274-31-x 1868
Low, Chas. Rathbone Her Majesty's Navy: Its deeds and battles, Volume 3 J.S. Virtue, London   1892
Low, Lt Charles R. Great battles of the British Navy George Routledge and Sons   1872
Madison, James Message from the president of the United States Roger C. Weightman   1813
Mahan, Captain Alfred Thayer From Sail to Steam Harper and Brothers   1907
Mahon, John J. War of 1812, The University of Florida Press 0-8130-0318-0 1972
Malcomson, Robert Lords of the Lake Naval Institute Press 1-55750-532-2 1998
Malcomson, Robert Sailors of 1812 Old Fort Niagara Assn 0-941967-19-0 1997
Malcomson, Robert Warships of the Great Lakes Chatham Publishing -56667 2001
Malcomson, Robert Very Brilliant Afair, A Robin Brass Studio, Toronto 1-896941-33-8 2003
May, George S War of 1812 US Dept of Natural Resources   1962
Middleton, Jesse Edgar et al Municipality of Toronto, Canada - A history, Vol 1 Dominion Publishing Co, Toronto   1923
Mills, James C Our inland seas - their shipping and their commerce for three centuries A.C. McClurg and Co   1910
Molloy, Leo T Commodore Isaac Hull, USN The Hull Book Fund   1964
Morison, Samuel Eliot Oxford History of the American People, The Oxford University Press, NY 65-12468 1965
Morison, Samuel Eliot Old Bruin, Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry Little, Brown and Co   1967
Mulvany, C.P., Adam G.M. et al History of the County of York, Ontario Vol 1 C. Blackett Robinson, Toronto   1885
Orlob, Helen Commodore's Boys, The Westminster Press 67-10559 1967
Peterson, Charles J. Military Heroes of the War of 1812 Jas. B. Smith and Co   1858
Potter, Cmdr E.B. (ed) United States and World Sea Power Prentice-Hall inc 55-9323 1955
Pratt, Fletcher Navy, The - A History Garden City Publishing Co, NY   1938
Preston, Richard A Kingston before the War of 1812 Champlain Society   1959
Pullen, Rear Adm H.F. Shannon and the Chesapeake, The McClelland and Stewart   1970
Raymond, Ethel T Tecumseh, chronicle of the last great leader of his people University of Toronto Press   1964
Roosevelt, Theodore Naval War of 1812, The, Part I G.P. Putnam's Sons   1882
Roosevelt, Theodore Naval War of 1812, The, Part II G.P. Putnam's Sons   1882
Rosenberg, Max Building of Perry's Fleet on Lake Erie 1812-1813 Pennsylvania Hostorical and Museum Commission 0-911124-54-3 1987
Rowe, William Hutchinson The Maritime History of Maine: Three Centuries of Shipbuilding and Seafaring W.W. Norton and Co   1948
Severance, Frank H (ed) Buffalo Historical Society, Vol VI Buffalo HS   1903
Skaggs & Altoff, David & Gerard Signal Victory, A Naval Institute Press 1-55750-030-4 1997
Snider, C.H.J. Story of Nancy and other Eighteen-Twelvers, The McClelland and Stewart   1926
Snider, C.H.J. Glotious "Shannon's" old Blue Duster, The McClelland and Stewart   1923
Snider, C.H.J. In the wake of the eighteen twelvers Bell and Cockburn   1913
Snider, C.H.J. Under the Red Jack Musson Book Co Ltd   1928
Snider, C.H.J. Leaves From the War Log of the Nancy: 1813 Rous and Mann Ltd.   1936
Snow, Edward Rowe Romance of Boston Bay, The Yankee Publishing Co   1944
Southworth, John Van Duyn Age of Sails, The, Book 2, Twayne Pyblishers, NY   1968
Sperry, Armstrong Storm Canvas Holt, Finehart and Winston 44-5270 1944
Stevenson, James War of 1812 in connection with the Army Bill Act W. Foster Brown and Co Montreal   1892
Swayze, Fred Rowboat War, The MacMillan Company   1965
Townsend, Robert B. HMS St. Lawrence Odyssey Publishing 0-9683798-2-6 1998
Turner, Wesley B British generals in the War of 1812 McGills Queens University Press 0-7735-1832-0 1999
Van Rensselaer, Solomon A Narrative of the Affair of Queenstown: in the War of 1812 Leavitt, Lord and Co, NY   1836
Vincent, Thomas B Narative verse satire in maritime Canada 1779-1814 Tecumseh Press 0-919662-64-1 1978
Wallace, WM. Stewart A History of the Canadian Peoples The Copp Clark Company, Ltd.   1930
Wanderer, A. Yankee Journals, The MacMillan Company 67-24289 1967
Watson, J. Steven Reign of George III 1760-1815 Clarendon Press, Oxford   1960
Way, Ronald L. Day of Crysler's Farm, the St Lawrence Parks Commission   1980
Way, Ronald L. Old Fort henry, The Citadel of Upper Canada St Lawrence Parks Commission   1986
Whitehill, Walter Muir (ed) New England blockaded 1814 - the Journal of Henry Edward Napier, Lieutenant in HMS Nymphe Peabody Museum, Salem   1939
Wood, Willam Flag and Fleet MacMillan Company   1919
Wood, Willam Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 1 Champlain Society   1922
Wood, Willam Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 2 Champlain Society   1922
Wood, Willam Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 3 Part 1 Champlain Society   1922
Wood, Willam Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 3 part 2 Champlain Society   1922
Wood, Willam War with the United States, The University of Toronto Press   1964
Wood, Willam All afloat Glasgow, Brook and Co   1915
Wylie, Betty Jane Tecumseh Black Moss Press 0-88753-091-5 1982
Zaslow, Morris (ed) Defended Border, The Macmillan Company of Canada   1964

The above represents part of our holdings on this subject - these books are all available for consultation - some of the older titles may be handled only by a Curator, or by a Member who has received approved training in the handling of archival material. Engravings, paintings and charts are not listed.


Below is further reading that we do not currently hold on our shelves - donations would be sincerely welcomed

Beirne, Francis F. The War of 1812. New York: Dutton, 1949. 410 pp.

Bird, Harrison. Navies in the Mountains: The Battles on the Waters of Lake Champlain and Lake George, 1609-1814. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1962. 361 pp.

Brown, Wilburt S. The Amphibious Campaign for West Florida and Louisiana, 1814-1815: A Critical Review of Strategy and Tactics at New Orleans. University: Univ. of Alabama Press, 1969. 233 pp.

Byron, Gilbert. The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1964. 94 pp.

Cooper, James Fenimore. Ned Myers; or, a Life Before the Mast. With annotations by W. S. Dudley. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989. 285 pp.

Cranwell, John P., and William B. Crane. Men of Marque: A History of Private Armed Vessels Out of Baltimore During the War of 1812. New York: Norton, 1940. 427 pp.

Dillon, Richard. We Have Met the Enemy: Oliver Hazard Perry, Wilderness Commodore. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978. 231 pp.

Drake, Frederick C. "Commodore Sir James Yeo and Governor General George Prevost: A Study in Command Relations, 1813-14." In New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium, edited by William B. Cogar, 156-171. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

Dudley, William S. "Commodore Isaac Chauncey and U.S. Joint Operations on Lake Ontario, 1813-14." In New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium, edited by William B. Cogar, 139-155. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

Dudley, William S. "Naval Historians and the War of 1812." Naval History 4 (Spring 1990): 52-57.

Dutton, Charles J. Oliver Hazard Perry. New York: Longmans, Green, 1935. 308 pp.

Eckert, Edward K. The Navy Department in the War of 1812. Univ. of Florida Social Sciences Monograph, No. 48. Gainesville: Univ. of Florida Press, 1973. 77 pp.

Eller, Ernest M., William J. Morgan, and Richard M. Basoco. Sea Power and the Battle of New Orleans. New Orleans: Landmark Society, 1965. 48 pp.

Everest, Allan S. The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse Univ. Press, 1981. 239 pp.

Garitee, Jerome R. The Republic's Private Navy: The American Privateering Business as Practiced by Baltimore During the War of 1812. The American Maritime Library, Vol. 8. Middletown, Conn.: Published for Mystic Seaport by Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1977. 356 pp.

Gleaves, Albert. James Lawrence, Captain, United States Navy, Commander of the "Chesapeake". New York: Putnam, 1904. 337 pp.

Grant, Bruce. Isaac Hull, Captain of Old Ironsides. Chicago: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1947. 418 pp.

Hull, Isaac. Commodore Hull; Papers of Isaac Hull, Commodore, United States Navy. Edited by Gardner W. Allen. Boston: The Boston Athenaeum, 1929. 341 pp.

Jones, Noah. Journals of Two Cruises Aboard the American Privateer Yankee, by a Wanderer. New York: Macmillan, 1967. 156 pp.

Long, David F. Nothing Too Daring: A Biography of Commodore David Porter, 1780-1843. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1970. 396 pp.

Long, David F. Ready to Hazard: A Biography of Commodore William Bainbridge, 1774-1833. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England; distributed by University Microfilms International, 1981. 359 pp.

Long, David F. Sailor-Diplomat: A Biography of Commodore James Biddle, 1783-1848. Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press, 1983. 312 pp.

Lossing, Benson J. Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812. New York: Harper, 1868. 1084 pp.

McClellan, Edwin N. "The Navy at the Battle of New Orleans." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 50 (December 1924): 2041-2060.

Mahan, Alfred T. Sea Power in Its Relation to the War of 1812. Boston: Little, Brown, 1905. 2 vols. (Reprinted 1968 by Greenwood; 1970 by Haskell).

Mackenzie, Alexander S. Life of Stephen Decatur, a Commodore in the Navy of the United States. Boston: Little, Brown, 1846. 443 pp.

Maloney, Linda M. The Captain From Connecticut: The Life and Naval Times of Isaac Hull. Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press, 1986. 549 pp.

Maloney, Linda M. "The War of 1812: What Role for Sea Power?" In In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 1775-1984, 2d ed., edited by Kenneth J. Hagan, 46-62. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1984.

Mills, James C. Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie. Detroit: J. Phelps, 1913. 278 pp.

Muller, Charles G. The Darkest Day: 1814; The Washington- Baltimore Campaign. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1963. 232 pp.

Pack, James. The Man Who Burned the White House: Admiral Sir George Cockburn, 1772-1853. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987. 288 pp.

Poolman, Kenneth. Guns Off Cape Ann: The Story of the Shannon and the Chesapeake. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1962. 175 pp.

Porter, David. Journal of a Cruise Made to the Pacific Ocean, by Captain David Porter, in the United States Frigate Essex, in the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814. New York: Wiley & Halstead, 1815. 2 vols. (Reprinted 1970 by Gregg).

Shomette, Donald G. Flotilla: Battle for the Patuxent. Solomons, Md.: Calvert Marine Museum Press, 1981. 257 pp.

Skaggs, David Curtis. "Joint Operations During the Detroit- Lake Erie Campaign, 1813." In New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium, edited by William B. Cogar, 121-138. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

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