AMERICA: THE WEST
THE ADVENTURES OF PRIVATE SHADRACH BYFIELD 41ST FOOT IN NORTH AMERICA 1812-14.
c.60pp., some illus., P.B. 2017. Shadrach Byfield was to serve his entire period in the army with the 41st in Canada and for much of this period, they were heavily involved in fighting the Americans in the war of 1812. The fighting was largely fought in wooded areas in hilly terrain, difficult of access, often only reachable by boat along the rivers and Great lakes. But it was also a war fought at close quarters and often with great savagery, and not just by the Indians. It is this type of constant marching and fighting which Shadrach portrays so well and so accurately. It can heartily be recommended as both a jolly good read, but also an accurate, warts and all portrait, of life of a soldier fighting in Canada at this time.