The Ashes of War


The end of the War of 1812 brought with it great political, economic, and social upheaval.

The sixth and final book of the Upper Canada Preserved — War of 1812 series, The Ashes of War examines in detail the closing stages of the war on the Northern Frontier, including the two-month siege of Fort Erie, the engagement at Cook’s Mills, the American attempt to recapture Michilimackinac (Mackinac), the tale of the Nancy, and the American raids into southwestern Upper Canada. It explores the impact that events occurring at the same time in the United States and at the peace negotiations at Ghent, in Europe, had on the ongoing war. It also examines the major military campaigns that were planned by the respective sides for 1815 — that is, until news arrived of the signing of a British-American peace agreement on December 24, 1814, officially ending the conflict, but not the story.

The Ashes of War goes on to look at the significant post-war military, political, social, and economic impact the war had on England, the United States, the colonies of British North America (later Canada), and the Native nations on the continent.

A fitting and comprehensive conclusion to this critically acclaimed series on the War of 1812-1815.The other books in the series are: A Call to Arms, The Pendulum of War, The Flames of War, The Tide of War, and A Crucible of Fire.


The final volume in Richard Feltoe’s wonderfully documented series of six books titled Upper Canada Preserved, War of 1812 has just been published by Dundurn Press. The Ashes of War examines the final months of fighting across the American-Canadian border that pitted British and Canadian troops and Native warriors…Richard’s six volume collection sums up the events in a war we didn’t start — nor did we lose.

This is a first-rate closing to a very popular series.

Ontario Historical Society Bulletin

About the Author

Richard Feltoe

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Richard Feltoe

Richard Feltoe was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and holds a degree in economics from the University of London. He is the curator and corporate archivist for the Redpath Sugar Museum and is active as a living history reenactor, re-creating the life of a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812. His other publications include The Flames of War and The Pendulum of War. He lives in Brampton, Ontario.