Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814 by Pierre Berton

By Pierre Berton

The Canada–U.S. border was once in flames because the warfare of 1812 persevered. York's parliament structures have been on fireplace, Niagara-on-the-Lake burned to the floor and Buffalo lay in ashes. Even the yank capital of Washington, a long way to the south, used to be positioned to the torch. The struggle of 1812 had develop into one of many 19th century's bloodiest struggles.

Flames around the Border is a compelling evocation of conflict at its such a lot primeval point — the muddy fields, the frozen forests and the ominous waters the place males fought and died. Pierre Berton skilfully captures the braveness, decision and terror of the common soldier, giving new measurement and clean viewpoint to this early clash among the 2 rising international locations of North the USA.

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My father then notified Dr. McLoughlin, at Fort Vancouver, who ordered the steamer Beaver to stop on her next voyage to see if the Indians were telling the truth. The result was the discovery of the coalfield at Beaver Harbour. (Journals of William Fraser Tolmie, pp. 394-5) BEAVERDELL, West Kettle R. (B-io). Beaverton and Rendell were originally two settlements only about a mile apart. When they united, they adopted this composite name. 16 BEAVERMOUTH, W. of Donald (D-n). Close to the mouth of the Beaver River, where it joins the Columbia River.

Abbot, a local justice of the peace who began homesteading here in 1923, is said to have named this settlement after his home in Ireland. Gazetteers show no Baldonnels but several Ballydonnels in Ireland. BALDY HUGHES, MOUNT, S. of Prince George (F-8). Named around 1928 by Forin Campbell when he set up a triangulation point on the mountain, at the base of which 'Baldy' Hughes, an old-time stage-driver turned trapper, had lived in a cabin since about 1915. BALFOUR, W. side Kootenay L. (B-n). In 1895 Lady Aberdeen noted in her diary, 'Opposite Pilot Bay a gentleman of the name of Balfour has built a private residence just because of the beauty of the place.

After the Chilcotin War of 1864, Governor Seymour led a force into the chiefs territory. He described his meeting with the chief thus: 'Alexis and his men came on at the best pace of their horses, holding their muskets over their heads to show they came in peace. Having ascertained which was the Governor, he threw himself from his horse and at once approached me. ' Ten years later the CPR surveyor Marcus Smith met him: 'A ride of fourteen miles ... brought us to the Alexis lakes, near one of which the chief has a rough log-house, his headquarters ...

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