Reply To: St. Clair's Defeat, Whiskey Rebellion & 1812


The militia’s performance was strikingly bad in the War of 1812. One result was the maintenance of a professional army ever since. I deal with militia as subjects/objects of Republican propaganda in JAMES MADISON AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA, and any account of the War of 1812 — e.g., Hickey’s — will give you the grim story.