A Matter of Honour: The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock

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Frontline Books, Sep 30, 2010 - History - 352 pages
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The monument to Isaac Brock (1769 1812) on Queenston Heights in Canada, as high as Nelson s column in London, pays tribute to the military commander of all troops opposing the American invasion of Canada during the War of 1812. Brock s service during the War of 1812 includes leading the capture of Detroit. He was killed on the morning of 13 October 1812, leading a company of the 49th Foot in a counter-attack on the American lodgement atop Queenston Heights. Although Brock died and his uphill charge against the American muskets failed, the invasion was repulsed soon afterwards. A Matter of Honour focuses on Brock s career as a military commander and also as a civil administrator for the government of Upper Canada. Early chapters deal with his life and military service up to 1791. The book also records his command of the 49th Regiment in the Low Countries and at Copenhagen up to his arrival in Canada in 1802. Brock spent more time in Canada than any other British general who fought in the War of 1812. He faced a difficult situation in Canada, defending a long frontier with meagre resources. However, he was renowned for his resourcefulness, inspiring leadership and ability to keep opponents off-balance
  

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Contents

Queenston Heights Tuesday 13 October 1812 About 7 oclock in the morning
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1 A Remarkable Fine Corps Isaac Brocks Early Life and Service 17691791
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2 Be Sober Be Ready Revolution Revolt and Discord 17911799
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3 Ever Glorious to the 49th The Helder Campaign 17991800
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4 An Immediate and Vigorous Attack Copenhagen 18001801
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5 Nothing Should be Impossible for a Soldier British North America 18021807
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6 The Most Volatile and Easily Led Astray Acting CommanderinChief 18051807
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7 Craigs Reign of Terror The Canadas 18071811
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11 A Force Which Will Look Down All Opposition Hull and the Invasion of the Northwest JulyAugust 1812
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12 A More Sagacious Warrior Seizing the Initiative in the Northwest August 1812
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13 Intimidated by the Confidence of Our Advance The Fall of Detroit August 1812
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14 To Improve and Augment My Resources AugustOctober 1812
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15 Proof of their Loyalty and Courage The Attack on Queenston 13 October 1812
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16 The Honourable Bed of a Soldier Aftermath
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Endnotes
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Bibliography
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8 The Fittest Person Upper Canada 18111812
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9 A System Strictly Defensive Upper Canada October 1811June 1812
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10 Mr Madisons War The United States Britain and the Canadas JuneJuly 1812
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About the author (2010)

Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley CB DSO RhD MA was appointed Director General and Master of the Armouries in 2009 after a distinguished military career. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Central America, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was Deputy Commander of NATO ISAF 2007 2008. He holds degrees from University College, London, University of Leeds and Cranfield University and is a Visiting Fellow at University of Birmingham and a visiting professor at King s College London. He is the author of nine published works.

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