By Sandy Antal
This formative background takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the conflict at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. robust key avid gamers (Procter, Tecumseh and Brock), their disparate struggle goals, and the "all or not anything" personality of the campaigns they waged nonetheless appear larger than lifestyles. but Sandy Antal's cautious reconstruction of local and nationwide aspiration, vested colonial curiosity, and territorial aggression, finds reasons and expedients that have been as usually 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 by way of the yank view), and casts new gentle on an allied army approach that virtually succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.
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Roberts to Brock, 12 July, 1812, NAG, C 676: 156. 26. DCS 5: 693-94. 27. Capt. Gray to Prevost, 13 Jan. 1812, SBD 1: 284. 28. Prevost to Liverpool, May 18, 1812, DHCNF1812, Vol. ) 30 Sept. 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.
Knopff, Document Transcripts of the War of 1812 in the Northwest 3 (Thomas Worthington and The War of 1812): 66. "l Hull to the Six Nations, 8 July 1812 BORED DURING MOST of his decade in the colonies, Maj. Gen. Isaac Brock preferred Europe to the backward province of Upper Canada. Although promotions had come readily enough, he thirsted for active service on the continent. Then, in 1811, his luck changed. The escalating tensions convinced him that war with the United States was inevitable. Furthermore, when Lieutenant-Governor Francis Gore returned to England for health reasons, Brock, on 8 October, assumed the duties of civil administrator, in addition to his responsibilities as military commander of Upper Canada.
Since that time, Britain had been slow to evacuate American territory even though the Treaty of Paris (1783) had clearly established the international boundary along the Great Lakes chain. British-Native collusion was suspected at the American defeats of Brig. Gen. Josiah Harmar (1790) and Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair (1791) in Ohio. Furthermore, in 1794, LieutenantGovernor John Graves Simcoe had established the British post of Fort Miamis in Ohio in open defiance of American sovereignty. This international slight almost erupted into a shooting war when American forces under Maj.
A Wampum Denied: Procter's War of 1812 by Sandy Antal