The Trans-Appalachian Wars, 1790-1818

Pathways to America's First Empire

by John Eric Vining



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/28/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781426923418
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781426923425
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781426979644

About the Book

Much is known about the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Relatively little is known about the wars to conquer the Trans-Appalachian West; the area between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. Yet, in terms of political ramifications and intrigue, military strategies and tactics, and interactions between different entities and individuals, these campaigns rank high on the scale of complexity and interest.
Just as other wars highlighted great generals; Washington, Lee, and Grant, and memorable battles; Spotsylvania, The Bulge, and The Persian Gulf Flank Run, the Trans-Appalachian Wars had impressive features as well. These wars encompassed the five action phases:

  • • The Indian (or Woodland) Wars, 1790-1795,
  • • The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest, 1811-1813,
  • • The Creek War, 1813-1814,
  • • The War of 1812 in the Old Southwest, 1814-1815, and
  • • The Stabilization of the Gulf Coast, 1811-1818.

They brought to the fore three great generals; “Mad Anthony” Wayne, William Henry Harrison, and Andrew Jackson, who fought and won five great battles:

  • • The Battle of Fallen Timbers, August 20, 1794;
  • • The Battle of Tippecanoe, November 7, 1811;
  • • The Battle of the Thames, October 8, 1813;
  • • The Battle of Horseshoe Bend, March 27, 1814; and
  • • The Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815.

About the Author

John Eric Vining is a lifelong student of history. He lives in close proximity to the battlefields and campaign routes of the mid-western and southern wars between 1790 and 1818 to lend a personal perspective to his first book. John lives with his wife and family in Ohio City, Ohio.