Essay: America failed to conquer Canada
Despite presence of indicators of necessity of using war against Great Britain, America was never prepared for war . President Madison undervalued the military task force needed to seize Canada, whereby at the start he sent regular army of about 13,000 men who were severely defeated.
As a consequence, the American congress authorized an additional army to expand the military power to 35, 000 men. The dark side of these increased numbers was that, they were unprofessional volunteers, who were poorly paid with low motivation to fight outside their home state. This resulted to inefficiency in the military needed to conquer Canada. Defective military strategies were evident as Americans scattered their forces in multi-pronged attacks that bore no fruits.
Langguth, A. J. Union 1812; (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006), 196