B for Brock

My 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge revisits my best posts from the 2014 to 2019 Challenges.

B for Brock (2015 Challenge)

The War of 1812 is central to my historical research for a diary that will appear in my Snowdon Shadows novel, ‘Seeking A Knife’.

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock was instrumental in ensuring British forces and local militia in Upper Canada were prepared when war broke out. His victories at Fort Michilimackinac and Detroit defeated American invasion efforts.

How much do you know about the War of 1812? When I studied  British history in the UK, it was a footnote to the Napoleonic Wars.

15 thoughts on “B for Brock

  1. Well, I learned quite a lot abotu that war from your challenge of a few years back 😉
    I sometimes think that ‘footnote facts’ are particularly rewarding. They’re usually hell to research, but they give such satisfation.

    The Old Shelter – Living the Twenties

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  2. I’m pretty vague on that war. Perhaps vague is a generous estimate. There are so many wars that my head only has room for the most recent. However, I’m noting the name Brock and when time allows, I’ll look him up. Or maybe I should just wait and read your book. Happy B Day!

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    • Even though I spent a few years in ‘Upper and Lower Canada’, this was a war my education overlooked, Lee. You’ll have a long wait for the novel with the ‘1812’ diary as it’s Book 3 in my Sparkle Anwyl/Snowdon Shadows series – and Book 1 is my current WIP.


  3. It’s kind of a footnote in U.S. history as well. I have a friend who’s originally from New Orleans, though. The Battle of New Orleans happened near the end of the War of 1812, and apparently it was a major defining moment in the city’s history.

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  4. When I found myself teaching grade 11 social studies, I had to teach the war of 1812 and being a language teacher not a history teacher, it was a bit overwhelming. I used ‘screen beans’ to represent all the players, which helped me understand the conflict, hopefully my students too. I think they’re still in my files somewhere, for whatever reason.

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    • I don’t envy you having to make sense of the War, Amanda, what with all the ‘beans’ in play. However, it’s one of those ‘historical events’ that sticks with one – or in the files. ‘for whatever reason’. LOL

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