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War of 1812 (Disc 2)

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War of 1812 is a four-part documentary series that brings to life an extraordinary, but not well understood, conflict that decided the fate of North America, confirmed the creation of Canada, and annihilated for all time the dream of an independent Native nation.

Part Three: "So Awful a Night..."
The Niagara frontier and the St. Lawrence Valley are protected. French-Canadian troops, including a detachment of Voltigeurs under De Salaberry, repel an American attack at Lacolle. British and American ships are locked in a stalemate on Lake Ontario. Wilkinson descends the St. Lawrence River. Hampton moves his troops north from Plattsburg. The American advance is repulsed at the Battles of Châteauguay and Crysler's Farm. The 104th regiment marches from Fredericton to Kingston. By the end of 1813, much of Canada has been laid waste by war but continues to resist the invaders. New England discusses secession. The year 1814 is marked by tragic and bloody clashes.

Part Four: "The Rocket's Red Glare..."
It is a critical point in the war. The American army rebuilds as the end of the Napoleonic Wars frees up troops in Europe. Prevost remains cautious. Britain sends battle-seasoned reinforcements to the North American front, at Quebec. Bloody battles on the Niagara frontier end in stalemate. The British sail up Chesapeake Bay and burn public buildings in Washington. Fort McHenry is bombarded. Prevost marches his forces south and halts at Plattsburg. The British squadron on Lake Champlain is defeated and Prevost withdraws. Peace negotiations result in the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. The British are mown down at New Orleans. Prevost is recalled and court-martialled.

2007, 92 min 05 s

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