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Webgear
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posted 13 October 2005 08:57 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Today In History

Queenston Ontario - Isaac Brock 1769-1812 dies in battle while storming the Queenston Heights to dislodge Stephen Van Rensselaer and his invading army of 1,200 US troops and militia; Roger Sheaffe 1763-1851 takes command after Brock's death. Americans lose 90 dead,100 wounded, over 850 prisoners. Ironically, Brock was awarded a knighthood in England three days before his death; a monument to him stands at Queenston Heights.

Isaac Brock is known as the “Saviour of Canada”, many historians concluded Canada would have been lost in the first year of the war if not for Brock.

Isaac Brock

The Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812

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Tommy_Paine
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posted 13 October 2005 09:04 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think Techumseh helped a bit too.

Ever read Bernard Cornwell's books on the Napoleonic Wars, Webgear? I call them "men's romance novels" but they do contain a lot of accurate history.


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Webgear
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posted 13 October 2005 09:46 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Of course Techumseh and his native warriors did play several important parts in this battle and throughout the war.

With Brocks death, Techumseh dream of a native nation died also. The dream died completely when Techumseh was killed near London, Ontario the following year.

I have read some of Bernard Cornwell’s novels however not the ones about the War of 1812. He is a good writer however he does make a major mistakes when he explains how a musket is loaded.


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