Brock came from a strong military tradition where four of his brothers served as officers in regular or militia corps. Brock’s brother purchased an ensigncy for Isaac Brock in the 8th Foot in 1785. By 1791, Brock was promoted to captain and transferred to the 49th regiment.
|Brock's coat worn at Queenston Heights|
Upon joining his new regiment Brock was challenged by one of his fellow officer, who also happened to be a professional duellist. Since Brock was challenged, he had the choice for setting the terms for the duel. Brock decided to go with pistols instead of sabres, to which his friends were shocked that Brock would challenge someone who was considered an excellent shot. Before the duel began the challenger asked Brock how many paces they would take. Brock insisted that the duel would take place at a handkerchief’s distance (an extremely close range). The challenger declined and was later forced to leave the regiment in disgrace. Brock’s boldness helped to save his life and ingratiate him with his fellow officers.
Brock continued to follow Nelson’s motto when the Americans invaded at
on the morning of October 13, 1812. When the Americans took the heights, Brock
led a desperate charge to retake the position. Unfortunately, Brock’s boldness
did not work in his favour as he was shot during the assault. Although the
British managed to recapture the heights later in the day, their “active,
brave, vigilant and determined” general, as Hamilton Merritt described Brock,
laid dead. Queenston Heights
If you want to see Brock’s boldness in action make sure you visit
from October 12 to 14. Hundreds of re-enactors will take the field to recreate
the famous battle that took Brock’s life. In addition, on the October 14th
there will be a funeral procession for the general. Don’t miss this historic
event! Click here for more details. Queenston Heights
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