41st Regiment of Canada and General Henry Proctor
On August 5 1811, the 41st Regiment of Canada departed from Montreal. Leading the 41st was General Henry Procter who would later serve in the War of 1812 and fight alongside Tecumseh and General Isaac Brock. Procter had very little combat experience and his relationship with his subordinates was less than satisfactory. The 41st Regiment would later take part in the Siege of Fort Detroit on August 15 1812. Under the incompetent leadership of Procter, the 41st took part in the Battle of the Thames on October 5 1813 but retreated after firing only one volley leaving Tecumseh’s forces open to being flanked. This defeat was largely due to Proctors mismanaged retreat down the Thames after the British defeat at the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10 1813. The 41st Regiment was exhausted and starving by the time the Battle of the Thames took place. Proctor would later be court marshaled and this debacle would end his military career.