By Sandy Antal
This formative heritage takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the struggle at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. robust key gamers (Procter, Tecumseh and Brock), their disparate battle goals, and the "all or not anything" personality of the campaigns they waged nonetheless appear bigger than lifestyles. but Sandy Antal's cautious reconstruction of local and nationwide aspiration, vested colonial curiosity, and territorial aggression, finds causes and expedients that have been as frequently mundane as heroic. A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned profession of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, strains the Canadian/British/Native facet of the clash (amid a literature ruled through the yank view), and casts new mild on an allied army procedure that almost succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.
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He served in the 60th Foot before replacing Matthew Elliott as deputy superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1797 till 1808 but was superseded, in turn, by Elliott. Before the war, he represented Essex and Kent in the legislature. McKee's influence among the Natives was legendary, and he led a party of warriors at the capture of Detroit. Unfortunately, inebriation and "rheumatism of the head" precluded his meaningful participation during much of the war. " DCB 5: 499-500. A. ," 10. As part of his military preparations, Brock gathered intelligence from British fur traders in Indian country through secret communications.
Taylor, 4 Mar. 1811, Tupper, Brock, 97. CLOUDS OF WAR 14. William Glaus to Brock, 16 June 1812, NAG, C 676:144. 15. Memorial of merchants of Upper and Lower Canada to Prevost, 24 Oct. 1812, cited in Donald Creighton, Empire of the St. Lawrence, 176. The British diplomats' indifference about North America is illustrated in their handling of the border settlement at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Their initial proposal to the Americans included not only the Ohio country but all lands south of the Ottawa-Nipissing chain!
1812, George W. Spragge, The John Strachan Letter Book. 1812-1834, 7. Distribution of regular troops in Upper Canada at the outbreak of war was: Royal Artillery 80 10th Royal Veteran Battalion 386 41st Foot 1014 Royal Newfoundland Regiment 369 1658 Total. By comparison, Lower Canada was defended by 5489 troops. The 49th Foot would shortly be sent up by Prevost. General Return of Troops in Upper and Lower Canada, 4 July 1812. DHCNF1812, Vol. 3: 98-99. 29. Strachan to Hon. Wilberforce, 1 Nov. 1812, Spragge, Strachan Letter Book, 23.