Isaac Brock

Isaac Brock

Life time

Oct 6 1769 - Oct 13 1812

Born in St Peter Port, Guernsey

Oct 6 1769

Joined 8th (King's) Regiment of Foot

Approx. 1784

On Jan 16 1790, he bought (as was customary at the time) the rank of lieutenant and formed his own company. He was later promoted to captain and transferred to the 49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot.

Assumed rank of lieutenant-colonel of 49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot

Oct 28 1797

He became acting commanding officer of the regiment, succeeding the retiring Lieutenant-Colenel Fredrick Keppel, who was supposedly threatened with a court martial and probably dismissal.

Regiment assigned to Canada

Approx. 1802

He and his regiment were originally assigned to Montreal. Almost immediately, he was faced with a challenge: seven of his men deserted and fled into America. He handled it by sending a party to capture the men, despite having no jurisdiction on American soil.

Preparations for war

Oct 29 1805 - Jun 18 1812

Despite his limited education, Brock managed to implement an effective defensive strategy and infrastructure mostly from reading from his ever-growing library. He ran into some conflicts with civilian authorities (Thomas Dunn) and Governor General (Sir George Prevost) but managed to sort them out.

Assumed command of entire British army in Canada

Oct 29 1805

Between 1805 to 1812 tensions between the British and Americans increased dramatically, until 1812 when war broke out.

Captured Fort Detroit

Aug 15 1812

Brock collaborated with the Native allies led by Tecumseh and used several 'bluffs' to make the Americans at the fort to think that their army was much larger than it really was. Although the Americans realy outnumbered them almost 2 to 1, he managed to get them to surrender with almost no real fighting (he lost no men, and only 2 were wounded) This victory was very significant to both sides: it drastically raised the morale of the Canadians, and it prompted American natives to attack other American forts.

Died at the battle of Queenston Heights

Oct 13 1812

In what was known as "The most lopsided battle in history", Brock's was forced to lead an inexperienced militia general and a small regular army against a large American army with land advantages and full cover. Somehow, the battle was a victory, although Brock himself was killed.

He was posthumously named as "The Hero of Upper Canada" and voted 28th on The Greatest Canadian, even though he isn't actually Canadian.


George III assumed the throne

Oct 25 1760

American Revolutionary War

Apr 19 1775 - Apr 11 1783

American Declaration of Independence Signed

Jul 4 1776

George Washington took office as first President of the United States

Apr 30 1789

The Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland merge

Jan 1 1801

Napoleonic Wars

18 May 1803 - 20 Nov 1815

War of 1812

Jun 18 1812 - Feb 18 1815