Daring Deeds of American Generals is a series of short biographies of seven generals from the war of 1812. The seven Generals covered in this book are Jacob Brown, Edmund Pendleton Gaines, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Alexander Macomb, Zebulon Montgomery Pike, and Winfield Scott.
Unlike many biographies, this book is void of many details of the personal lives of these seven generals. The vast majority of these biographies cover the War of 1812. If the particular general fought in other wars, then the memoirs would go into some detail about those conflicts. However, personal facts regarding where they lived, how they were raised, and whom they married would often only get a sentence in the memoirs. By way of example, the run for president and the presidency of William henry Harrison was only a couple of pages.
If the extent of your knowledge of the War of 1812 is that the British burned the White House and Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, you should probably brush up on your history before you tackle this book. The reason for this is that the author is not trying to tell the story of 1812. This author expects the reader to already know the back story of the war, who the major players are, and what was going on.
The author is focused on the various troop movements of these famous seven generals. The book tells us about where they went the battles that they fought and where they went next. The political and social ramifications of these actions are not discussed.
That being said, there are plenty of great stories that pop up throughout the book. Some great military tactics that occurred in battles that most of us have never heard of. These short stories are great, but they will have much more significance if one has a better understanding of the War of 1812. If you understand the War of 1812, this book can add some color to your understanding.
P.S. This book title was originally published in 1856 which was four years after the death of the author. I wrote this report based on my reading of the 1858 edition.