People/Characters: John Armstrong, Secretary of War

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1812: The War That Forged a Nation by Walter R. Borneman
Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison's Commanders in the War of 1812 by Colonel David Fitz-Enz
The War of 1812 by John K. Mahon

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John Armstrong (1758-1843): A Revolutionary War veteran, he was Senator from Pennsylvania in 1800-1802 and 1803-1804. He joined President Madison's cabinet as Secretary of War in 1813. His strategic vision may have exceeded that of his generals, but he could not organize a successful invasion of Canada; he was forced out after the British burned Washington in 1814.
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