Place Published: Toronto
Publisher: William Briggs
Date Published: 1898
Edition: 2nd Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
Second edition. 4-5/8 x 7-1/8 inches. (18), -336pp., appendices,  notes,  ad. Original gilt pictorial faded with some soiling on spine green cloth with a couple of small marks on back cover and bumped spine ends. Contents include appendices, preface and table of contents plus plates, and frontispiece portrait, facsimile of Fitzgibbon's handwriting, fold-out facsimile of a letter from Isaac Brock, full page illustrations, photographs and maps. Ownership inscription on fly leaf otherwise, overall condition is very good condition.
From Fitzgibbon's 2nd edition note; "In issuing a second edition, I am enabled to add much which the perusal of the first has been the means of reviving. Old friends have remembered and sent me anecdotes which were of interest to them when boys; others have sent letters and extracts from the press of those early days. Some of the former are additional corroboration of the stories already told. A few of them new to me and perhaps so to others ; the latter are documentary evidence of the deep interest my hero took in all questions or events bearing upon the welfare or connected with the history of Canada. I have thought it best to print this additional matter in a separate chapter, rather than to insert it in chronological order in the pages of the book."
Fitzgibbon is one of the most underrated Canadian historical figures and involved in two of the major historical events in Upper Canada in the first half of the 19th century. He was in the British attack on the American encampment at Stoney Creek in the early hours of June 6, 1813. They then marched with the rest of the 49th Regiment to begin a loose siege of Fort George. FitzGibbon was successful in using guerilla warfare, with First Nations allies. Their tactics were to harass the Americans camped at Fort George, attack their supply lines and ambush any soldiers who strayed far from the protection of Fort George. He had proven his initiative in this type of guerilla war and was given command of a select group of infantrymen and stationed at the DeCew House in present-day Thorold, Ontario. FitzGibbon is known to be the senior officer whom Laura Secord warned of the American surprise attack now known he Battle of Beaver Dams (or the Battle of the Beechwoods). This battle was won by the outnumbered 50 British soldiers, however in fact it was the up to 400 natives who did the actual fighting. He remained quite active for the duration of the war, including in the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.
Fitzgibbon also was the defender in Toronto of the Rebellion in 1837 and successful in defeating the mob preparing to attack Toronto.
Very Good. Item #7796