War of 1812 reenactment in Maryland
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Brock's capture of Detroit in 1812 'electrifying'

Author Lt Gen Jonathon Riley said the capture of Detroit "electrified" north America and helped to shape Canada as a nation.

On 16 August 1812, Maj Gen Isaac Brock forced the American garrison at Detroit to surrender, winning the first British victory of the War of 1812.

He was knighted for the action, but did not receive the honour as he died in action less than two months later.

Gen Riley, author of A Matter of Honour: The life, Campaigns and Career of Isaac Brock, said the victory was important in shaping the country.

  • 16 Aug 2012