By Sandy Antal
This formative historical past takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the conflict at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. strong 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 factors and expedients that have been as usually mundane as heroic. A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned occupation of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, lines the Canadian/British/Native aspect of the clash (amid a literature ruled by means of the yank view), and casts new mild on an allied army technique that practically succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.
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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. 30. Prevost to Liverpool, 18 May 1812, NAC, CO 42: 146. This letter contains a concise summary of Prevost s defence plans. The British governments desire to contain the war with the U. S. is detailed in Bathurst to Prevost, 10 Aug. 1812, NAC, CO 42: 23. 31. Hull to Eustis, 15 June 1811, Hull, Memoirs, 19; Hull to Eustis, 6 Mar.
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the 60th Foot before replacing Matthew Elliott as deputy superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1797 till 1808 but was superseded, in turn, by Elliott.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.
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! The Americans refused this offer as it would have included the headwaters of the Mississippi in the British sphere. William Kingsford, The History of Canada 6: 151. George Prevost (1767-1816) was born in New Jersey, the eldest son of Maj.