Queenston Heights National Site of Canada, Ontario
The Battle of Queenston Heights was an important victory for the British militia. In the early morning hours of October 13, 1812 the first surge of American soldiers under Capt. John E. Wool managed to land and follow a path up to the heights. From this point they overwhelmed the British artillery. In nearby Fort George, Brock hurried to take command of a small contingency of militia and Indian warriors and readied himself for an imminent attack on the Americans. True to his personal philosophy of never ordering men where he would not lead them, he personally led the charge atop his fine steed Alfred. Brock was shot and killed by American sharpshooters. Canadians regard Brock as one of their greatest military heroes, since he helped save the Canadian colonies when all seemed hopeless. A small cairn at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment marks the place where Brock fell while a much larger impressive monument in his honour overlooks Queenston Heights. Brock is considered by many to be Canada’s greatest military hero. A university in St. Catharines, Ontario, Brock University is named him.