ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Book Review: Invaded on All Sides

Updated on April 15, 2012

Starts with A Great Set Up

Before you read a good book, doesn't it help to have some background information to create a greater understanding of the story? Ralph Naveaux does just that in this outstanding novel about a few days in a January winter in 1813. This historical book is entitled "Invaded on All Sides: The story of Michigan's Greatest Battlefield Scene of the Engagments at Frenchtown and the River Raisin in the War of 1812." The book was copyrighted in 2008, printed by Walsworth Publishing Company, Marceline, MO.

The Fascinating Story Puzzle

The battles take place in the southeast corner of Michigan near where the River Raisin flows into Lake Erie. The young United States was attempting to win back its asserted claim to the Northwest Territory from British Canada and its allied Indian tribes. The two sides collide in the Frenchtown settlement of small farmers and fur traders that had been surrendered, along with the rest of the Michigan Territory, back to King George.

The military movements, the confusion of the battles, the individual stories of those who lived and died are explained so well that you'll think the author was reporting live from the scene. Where memories differed, Mr. Naveaux, pieces the puzzle together and sometimes must offer more than one point of view.

The facts are brutal on many pages and are not for the faint of heart, as war and massacres are serious scenes. The battle descriptions follow many of the participants and shares the events from all sides. The aftermath and conclusion wraps up the stories of many of the characters and explains the rallying cry of the United States, "Remember the Raisin". people who are indifferent to their Past need hope to make their Future great

Book Review

5 stars for "Invaded On All Sides"

Historically Accurate

Mr. Naveaux's expertise shows in his style of explaining the facts in a way that is both intriguing and unbiased. His references are extensive and the characters are as accurately portrayed as possible. The author touches all sides of the struggle: Native American Indians, Frenchtown inhabitants, Kentucky militiamen, British military, and the land and freedoms being fought over. The insights into the community life and the people involved are riveting to anyone with the slightest interest in drama or history, as well as, with aficionados of military maneuvers.

With maps, pictures, quotations, and narrative, he retells the story of Frenchtown and lets you as the reader decide who, if anyone, was right or wrong. The book has almost 100 pages of Endnotes that I found are full of even more interesting reading, such as 582 "The Kentucky flag captured at the Raisin was displayed in the Chelsea Hospital in England. It no longer exists, but a drawing was made." Also, 576: "Major Madison would survive the war and captivity in Quebec, but his health would be broken. He was elected Governor o the State of Kentucky in August of 1816, but died of consumption two months later."

National Park

Invaded On All Sides also describes how the current community of Monroe, Michigan, worked to reclaim the property that these battles were fought on for sharing the historical significance with others. Mr. Naveaux does express his fervor for this project by quoting from the 3rd Biennial Report of the Department of Archives and History of the State of West Virignia: "A people who have not the pride to record their History will not long have the virtues to make History worth recording; and no people who are indifferent to their Past need hope to make their Future great."

The land is now a part of the National Park System - The River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

How To Get A Copy of the Book

How to Purchase
at National Park Visitor Center
paper back
or online at website below:


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)