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  • The Last Maori War – Whitmore – First Edition 1902

    The Last Maori War – Whitmore – First Edition 1902

    A first edition, published by Sampson Low, London in 1902. Longer title … “The Last Maori War in New Zealand under the Self-Reliant Policy”.

    Octavo, 198 pages, original red cloth binding with gilt titling front and spine. Illustrations from photographs, useful maps etc … complete albeit a little foxed. Still a very good copy.

    The author Sir George S. Whitmore was Colonial Secretary and the Commandant of the Colonial Forces in New Zealand. A lengthy Preface was added by R.A. Loughnan of Wellington.

    Whitmore was born into a military family in Malta in 1829. Educated at Edinburgh then joined the South African Cape Mounted Rifles and was involved in the Kaffir wars 1847-1853. After returning to England he went to the Crimea. During a period of ill health, he attended the staff college at Aldershot where he excelled above all others. In 1861 he left with Lieutenant General Duncan Cameron who was to assume command of the forces in New Zealand. At that time a truce had been declared and Whitmore through unusual circumstances found himself without a position and acquired a large sheep run near Napier and he did very well through hard work and talent for the task. In 1863 fighting with the Maori broke out. Whitmore volunteered and led the defence forces at Hawke’s Bay. After a brief visit to England he returned in 1866 and became substantively involved in the continuing struggles. His actions were extensive and ruthless, whilst a small man he was physically and mentally very tough and he imposed his own standards on others making many enemies. This book is his major work and whilst regarded as partisan it is considered well written and a thorough record.

    Important account of the atrocious Maori wars


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  • The Battle of Lake Champlain (Plattsburgh), and The Battle of Fort McHenry (Baltimore) – The Boston Messenger – 7th October 1814

    The Battle of Lake Champlain (Plattsburgh), and The Battle of Fort McHenry (Baltimore) – The Boston Messenger – 7th October 1814

    An original four page broadsheet … the Boston Messenger published on the 7th October 1812 at the culmination of the War of 1812 between The USA and Britain and its allies.

    Over 150 column inches (half the paper) devoted to reports, commentary and tributes, from both sides, regarding these important battles.

    The Battle of Lake Champlain (Also known as the Battle of Plattsburgh) ended the invasion of the northern states of the USA during the War of 1812. The British army under General Prevost and the Royal Navy under Downie converged on the lakeside town of Plattsburgh which was defended by New York and Vermont militia and detachments of regular troops under General Macomb and ships under Macdonough. The British attacked after dawn on the 11th September 1814 but were defeated after a hard fight in which Downie was killed. Prevost retreated to Canada.

    The Battle of Fort McHenry (Also known as the Battle of Baltimore, Maryland) inspired Francis Scott Key to write the “Star Spangled Banner” as he was watching the battle from a British ship! This battle the turning point when US forces warded off a British invasion of the sea port of Baltimore. The British had landed 5,000 troops who first found resistance at the Battle of North Point, some five miles from the city. General Sticker commanding a group of Maryland militia blunted the British attack killing General Ross in command. They were halted. Meanwhile at Fort McHenry 1,000 American soldiers awaited the British bombardment. They had protected the harbour by sinking a line of merchant ships. The attack began on 13th September 1814 using mortars and rockets. The pounding was relentless although inaccurate and little damage was sustained. British Admiral Cochrane decided on a commando style assault in an attempt to distract the American troops. However, it failed and from there the British gave up any hope of success and retreated on 14th September 1814.

    Whilst all this was happening peace negotiations were underway in Europe, also noted in this edition. A Treaty was soon signed to end the war on the basis that prior territories were retained.

    Significant Reports the War of 1812


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  • English Canon Replica

    English Canon Replica

    Authentic replica of an early English Cannon 28 cm long with a Barrel of 24 cm. Practical English get the job done design. Impressive size and suitable for any Civil War.

    A cannon that means business … click on me to see all my BOOOOOM


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