Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
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In the 200+ years since the end of the War of 1812, there have been thousands of books, articles, pamphlets and other reading or visual products offered seeking to illuminate our national vision of this war. To date, even after the Bicentennial, there has been no academic or systemic analysis as to how this nation has viewed the War over time. This essay and presentation to this Symposium provides a basis for such an analysis by exploring the various forms our historic literature has taken and how we might measure the “Incredible” War of 1812.
Colonel Harold W. Youmans, an attorney, is a retired Army officer with more than 50 years experience writing and teaching military history and military operational law. A frequent symposium lecturer, the bulk of his writings are archived at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The Colonel is an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was selected for inclusion within the Hall of Honor at the U.S. Army Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia, and holds the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. This year, by order of the Secretary of the Army, he was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Civil Affairs Regiment by the U.S. Army Special Operations Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.