RE: What to look for in a technical editor

Subject: RE: What to look for in a technical editor
From: Valerie Priester <hammerl -at- buffalo -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 14:32:00 -0400

--On Thursday, May 22, 2003 12:20 PM -0400 eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com wrote:

when the War of 1812 was fought? Bonus points for the country.

Ya woulda thunk that they'd learned their lesson after getting their
butts kicked less than 30 years earlier :-)

Um, think you've got it wrong John. The American colonies fought for
independence in 1776 and won. That much is true. The war of 1812 however
was an American attack on the Canadian colonies under the edict/dream of
"Manifest Destiny" and the incorrect assumption that Canadians would rise
up and fight on the sides of the American invaders. What happened was the
opposite. Americans tried and failed at that trick a number of times

While partially true, American ships were being captured by British ships and their soldiers impressed into service for England. Britain and France were at war at the time, and British ships tried to prevent the US from trading with France.

In the war of 1812, the British/Canadians pushed the Americans all the
way back to Washington DC and burned the white house down. That's why
it's whitewashed today. If I remember correctly, the fort at Detroit
surrendered without a shot fired because the British/Canadian troops got
to the fort before the news that war had been declared.

The White House was burned to the ground. Also burned to the ground were Buffalo, NY and York (now Toronto, Ont.). Both sides had some victories and losses. Regardless, the Treaty of Ghent ended the whole thing, except for the Battle of New Orleans, which occurred because word hadn't reached there yet stating that the war was over.

My understanding is that after pushing the Americans back to where they
came from, an orderly withdrawal followed.

No. The British didn't just march down to D.C. and then turn and walk home. See Treaty of Ghent.

Valerie Priester
hammerl -at- buffalo -dot- edu


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