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Illinois in the War of 1812 (review)

Illinois in the War of 1812 (review) JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2012) Illinois in the War of 1812. By Gillum Ferguson. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. Pp. xiii, 349. Cloth, $34.95.) Reviewed by Robert M. Owens Occasionally the notice of a forthcoming history is met with an audible sigh of relief, perhaps alloyed with an array of giddy smiles. Historians of the War of 1812, as well as scholars of the Midwest, have spent years bemoaning the lack of a modern, comprehensive treatment of Illinois' role in that conflict. Many others, especially outside of academia, would question whether Illinois played any role in that war at all. Into this void steps Gillum Ferguson, an attorney and amateur historian. One says ``amateur'' in this context with some caution, as Ferguson has published a number of articles on the subject, and in general the research and writing compare favorably with any professional treatment imaginable. Part of the reason historians have ignored Illinois' role in the War of 1812--a war that itself has been comparatively neglected--is the fact that there was little activity by British regular troops in the region. In Illinois, the fighting was primarily between Indians loosely allied to Britain and the citizenry http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

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JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2012) Illinois in the War of 1812. By Gillum Ferguson. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. Pp. xiii, 349. Cloth, $34.95.) Reviewed by Robert M. Owens Occasionally the notice of a forthcoming history is met with an audible sigh of relief, perhaps alloyed with an array of giddy smiles. Historians of the War of 1812, as well as scholars of the Midwest, have spent years bemoaning the lack of a modern, comprehensive treatment of Illinois' role in that conflict. Many others, especially outside of academia, would question whether Illinois played any role in that war at all. Into this void steps Gillum Ferguson, an attorney and amateur historian. One says ``amateur'' in this context with some caution, as Ferguson has published a number of articles on the subject, and in general the research and writing compare favorably with any professional treatment imaginable. Part of the reason historians have ignored Illinois' role in the War of 1812--a war that itself has been comparatively neglected--is the fact that there was little activity by British regular troops in the region. In Illinois, the fighting was primarily between Indians loosely allied to Britain and the citizenry

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Oct 22, 2012

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