The war ended with the Treaty of Ghent in December 1814, restoring the relationship between the U.S. and Britain to prewar conditions. This was the first severe test of the new American nation and confirmed that the country would retain the independence won a quarter-century earlier.
In “The Darkest Day,” Charles G. Muller (1897-1987) tells the story of the Washington debacle of 1814. Using official documents and eyewitness reports from both sides, the author explains the political crisis that precipitated America’s “second war of independence” and then provides an accurate and colorful account of the campaign’s land and naval engagements.
“The Darkest Day” is the latest addition to a series of important military histories of the past that Penn Press is republishing. This book joins “The Battle of Huertgen Forest” by Charles G. MacDonald, “The Battle of Koniggratz” by Gordon A. Craig, and “The Cowpens-Guilford Courthouse Campaign” by Burke Davis.
—University of Pennsylvania Press
Originally published on January 30, 2003