Makers of Canada
General Brock By Lady Edgar (1909)


PREFACE

All the men of action who are entitled to be called makers of Canada, Sir Isaac Brock may well take a prominent place. He came to Canada in 1802, and gave ten years of his life to the country in which he was called to serve. Both in a civil and a military capacity he filled a post requiring unique qualities of head and heart. That the distinction he won was not ephemeral is proved by the honour in which his name is still held, although nearly a century has passed since he laid down his life on Queenston Heights.

England has been served well by her soldiers in many lands, and is not ungrateful to those who have built up her empire. At critical times in her history the right man has appeared on the scene possessing the force of character needed for special work. Such a man was Isaac Brock. He entered the English army at the close of the eighteenth century, when the service was at its lowest ebb. Fortune placed him under the command of such enlightened men as Sir Ralph Abercromby and General Stewart, and the lessons he learned from them he afterwards put to good use. When, in 1812, the long-smouldering enmity between the United States and England burst into the flame of war, and Canada was the battleground, he entered upon the defence of the country entrusted to his charge with an indomitable spirit. With very inefficient means at his disposal, he used effectively what came to his hand. He took the untrained militia of Upper Canada and made of them a disciplined soldiery. He taught the youth of the country a lesson in courage and patriotism, and with infinite patience, tact, and judgment, he led them through their first days of trial. By his contemporaries Sir Isaac Brock was looked upon as the saviour of Canada and time has not tarnished the lustre of his fame.

CONTENTS

Chapter I - His Birthplace
Chapter II - Service Abroad - Holland
Chapter III - Service Abroad - The Baltic
Chapter IV - In Canada
Chapter V - Upper and Lower Canada - 1802
Chapter VI - Military Posts
Chapter VII - Preparations for War
Chapter VIII - Old Quebec
Chapter IX - Affairs in Europe, 1808
Chapter X - Politics in Quebec
Chapter XI - Quebec and Niagara
Chapter XII - 1811 in Canada and Europe
Chapter XIII - The New Governor
Chapter XIV - Gathering Clouds
Chapter XV - Canada's Defence
Chapter XVI - On the Frontier
Chapter XVII - A Victorious Commander
Chapter XVIII - Brownstown and Maguaga
Chapter XIX - Detroit
Chapter XX - The Armistice
Chapter XXI - Consequences of Armistice
Chapter XXII - Queenston Heights


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