Title: Half-Hearted Enemies : Nova Scotia, New England, and the War of 1812. Paperback.
Publisher:  Formac Publishing Company Limited, Halifax, 2005, ISBN:0887806570
Seller ID: 64991
BOILEAU, John. Half-Hearted Enemies : Nova Scotia, New England, and the Warof 1812. Halifax: Formac Publishing Company Limited, (2005). Pp. (6),-1 76. Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated white card covers. John Boileau (b. 1945,Moncton, New Brunswick) long-serving Canadian miliary officer and author. A volume focusing largely on the indifferent relations between two regions supposedly at war, in Nova Scotia and New England, and the reluctance of Nova Scotia's merchants -- in spite of strong suggestions from the English Crown - to cease and desist their business relations with the Americans during the War of 1812. "[...] Upper and Lower Canada quickly became the main battleground, but in Nova Scotia, merchants were reluctant to imperil a strong and long-standing trading partnership with their new England neighbours. While officially at war, they tried to maintain a separate peace. "Half-Hearted Enemies explores this ambiguous wartime relationship. It examines the role played by Nova Scotia in the war, and the impact of the conflict on the lives of everyone, military and civilian alike. [...] offers vivid descriptions of some of the largest battles. He also recounts the human cost of the conflict: the economic impact of war, garrison and prison life, and the inevitable flow of refugees. "While the British navy carried on its operations against the US from its base in Halifax, the war also created opportunity for private naval warfare by the many privateers that plied the waters of the eastern seaboard. Many American prisoners were brought to Halifax, and some who died in the notorious Melville Island prison still lay buried inan almost-forgotten cemetery nearby." - from the rear cover. Of nautical i nterest: 1. "Don't Give Up the Ship!", 2. Prize, Profit, and Privateers, 6.Spoils of War. Very good. 12.00