Given his druthers, Brock — a tall, robust man of 42 and no fan of life in the colonies — would have returned to England to be assigned to service with the British army fighting in Spain. In fact, his deployment to the continent had been authorized near the end of January 1812. But quitting Upper Canada had become impossible as the warlike temper between England and the United States continued to rise.
What a box his sense of duty had put him in. He had few trained troops, the “dubious characters” of a ramshackle militia and few resources to equip them. Moreover, Brock had no good opinion of the fighting spirit in the society he led.
“A full belief possesses them that this Province must inevitably succumb . . . Most of the people have lost all confidence. I however speak loud and look big.”