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The Capture of Detroit

Capture of Detroit

Photos by Colin Old - Posted January 2012

Capture of Detroit

Plaque Location

The County of Norfolk
In Port Dover, on the east side of the river
beside the Port Authority building
accessed by Passmore Avenue

Coordinates: N 42 47.032 W 80 11.941


Plaque Text

To counter the American invasion of the Detroit frontier, Major General Isaac Brock mustered a force of about 50 regulars and 250 militia here in Port Dover. They embarked on 8 August 1812 and, proceeding along the north shore of the lake in open boats, arrived at Amherstburg five days later. The enemy had already withdrawn across the Detroit River, so on 16 August Brock made a daring and successful assault on Detroit. This important victory raised the spirits of the Canadians and ensured the continuing support of Britain's Indian allies.

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