Brock Sir Isaac 1769-1812 General Brock Era Birth And Descent 6 Enters Army





at age of fifteen, 7; joins 49th Regiment with rank of captain, and is

sent to West Indies, 8; returns to England on sick leave, 9; senior

lieutenant-colonel of his regiment, 10; takes part in expedition to

Holland under Sir Ralph Abercromby, 13; his account of battle of

Egmont-op-Zee, 17; quartered in Jersey and visits home in Guernsey, 22;

joins expedition to the Baltic, 24; his regiment ordered to Canada, 31;

arrives at Quebec, 34; his regiment ordered to Upper Province, 48; his

vigorous pursuit of deserters, 60; quells mutiny at Fort George, 61-63;

assumes command at the fort, 64; recommends establishment of corps of

veterans who on discharge might receive grants of land, 64; impressed by

comfortable condition of loyalist settlers, 65; contrasts their

character with that of settlers of the later (1793) immigration, 66;

takes special interest in Sergeant-Major (afterwards Colonel) James

FitzGibbon, 66; quartered in Quebec, 69; made a full colonel and goes to

England on leave, 70; returns to Canada, 73; assumes chief military

command at Quebec, 73; recommends strengthening of the fortifications of

Quebec, 75, 94; differences with President Dunn, 77; leaves control of

Indian affairs in Upper Canada to lieutenant-governor, 78; examines

accounts of the deputy commissary-general, 78, 79; effects improvements

in marine department, 80; tries to make Quebec impregnable, 86;

dissatisfied with measures of defence adopted by the civil government,

94; letters to James Cuthbert of Berthier, 95, 98; confident that

Canadians would vigorously resist American invasion, 97; leaves Quebec

to take command in Montreal, 99; appointed acting brigadier-general 99;

his social qualities, 101; returns to Quebec, 115; anxious for service

in Europe, 123, 124; considers war with United States (1809) imminent,

124; his opinion of the Lower Canada Assembly, 126; ordered to Upper

Canada, 133; his books, 135; literary tastes, 136; application for leave

not entertained, 136-138, 155; correspondence with Lieutenant-Governor

Gore respecting grant of land to Colonel Vesey, 138; high opinion

entertained of, at headquarters, 141; pleasantly entertained by

Lieutenant-Governor Gore, 143; anxiety as to management of Indians,

149-152; made major-general, 157; made president and administrator of

Upper Canada in absence of Lieutenant-Governor Gore, 159; financial

misfortune, 161; letter to his brother Irving, 163-165; his strong

family affection, 163; his energy as administrator, 168; his opinion of

the Little Belt affair, 173; his endeavours to avert Indian warfare,

176; sends plan of campaign to General Prevost, 177-179; recommends

increase of naval force on lakes, 178; offered service in Spain, but

does not accept it, 180; his plan for formation of flank companies

adopted, 181; speech on opening of Legislature of Upper Canada, 183;

measures proposed by, to Legislature, 184; recognizes presence of many

persons of doubtful loyalty in the province, 185, 214; disappointed with

action of Legislature, 185; urges importance of prompt seizure of

Detroit and Michilimackinac, 195; selects Major-General Shaw to protect

line between Kingston and Cornwall, 195; his Indian policy, 197;

receives news of declaration of war, 203; establishes headquarters at

Fort George, 204; instructs Captain Roberts to capture Michilimackinac,

210; commends militia in general order, 212; recognizes the great odds

against Canada, 215; sends Colonel Procter to Amherstburg, 215; his

proclamation in answer to Hull's, 217; proclamation as president of

province, 219, 221; opens the Legislature, 222; hears of capture of

Michilimackinac, 223; prorogues Legislature, 229; proceeds to western

frontier, 231; meets Tecumseh for the first time, 245; describes him to

Lord Liverpool, 247; forms three brigades, 247; decides on attacking

Detroit, 248; summons Hull to surrender, 250; attacks, 251-254; his

daring in battle, 253; takes Detroit and makes Hull's army prisoners of

war, 255, 256; praises his army, 258; his message to his brothers, 260;

his proclamation to inhabitants of Michigan territory, 261; armistice

concluded by Prevost deranges his plans, 261; arrives at York, and is

warmly welcomed, 262; letter to his brothers, 266-268; arrives at

Kingston, 268; proposes to attack Sackett's Harbour, but is overruled by

Prevost, 270, 271; letter to Prevost asking for reinforcements, 272,

273; replies to objections made by Prevost to Fort Wayne expedition,

275-277; instructed to evacuate Detroit, 277; extreme anxiety not to

alienate Indians, 277, 278, 280; health, discipline, and morals of his

army, 279; letter to his brother Savery, 280, 281; his force on Niagara

frontier, 287; his account of capture of brigs Detroit and Caledonia

by Americans, 290-293; rejoicing in England over the victory at Detroit,

295; Brock made K.C.B., 296; Prince Rupert's high opinion of, 297; last

despatch to Prevost, 298; in battle at Queenston Heights, 298-304; his

death, 304; a national loss, 312; his burial and monument, 312, 313.

(Baldwin / La Fontaine / Hincks era) Sydenham ranked with, 112. =Bib.=: Tupper, Life and Correspondence

of Sir Isaac Brock; Read, Life of Brock; Nursey, Isaac Brock;

Lucas, Canadian War of 1812; Dent, Can. Por. See also War of 1812.





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