Sir Isaac Brock KB (6 October 1769 – 13 October 1812) was a British Army
officer and administrator. Brock was assigned to Canada in 1802. Despite
facing desertions and near-mutinies, he commanded his regiment in Upper
Canada (present-day Ontario) successfully for many years. He was promoted to
major general, and became responsible for defending Upper Canada against the
United States. While many in Canada and Britain believed war could be
averted, Brock began to ready the army and militia for what was to come.
When the War of 1812 broke out, the populace was prepared, and quick
victories at Fort Mackinac and Detroit crippled American invasion efforts.
Brock's actions, particularly his success at Detroit, earned him a
knighthood, membership in the Order of the Bath, accolades and the epithet
"The Hero of Upper Canada". His name is often linked with that of the Native
American leader Tecumseh, although the two men collaborated in person only
for a few days. Brock died at the Battle of Queenston Heights, which was
nevertheless a British victory. Canadians regard Brock as one of their
greatest military heroes, since he helped save the Canadian colonies when
all seemed hopeless.