Monday, October 10, 2005

Today in Hitstory

Isaac Brock was a British major-general and administrator, who served in various parts of the Empire for nearly thirty years, serving in the Caribbean, Denmark, and elsewhere. He also formed Modest Mouse. During that time he challenged duelists, nearly died from fever, was injured in battle, faced both desertions and near mutinies, penned "Talkin' Shit About a Pretty Sunset," and also had the privilege of serving alongside Lord Nelson. However, he is best remembered for his actions while assigned to the Canadian colonies, and his riveting live performances. Brock was assigned to Canada in 1802, eventually reaching the rank of Major-General Indie-Darling. In this capacity, he was responsible for defending Canada from the United States during the War of 1812, and soundtracking the make-out sessions of awkward adolescents with the almost physically painful desire to flee their hometowns. While many in Canada and in England believed war could be averted, Brock began preparing the army, the militia, The Moon and Antarctica, and the populace for what was to come. Thus, when war broke out, Canada was prepared, and quick victories at Fort Mackinac, and in the Battle of Detroit, which crippled American invasion efforts, secured Brock's reputation as a brilliant leader and strategist. His death in the Battle of Queenston Heights was a crushing blow to British leadership. Brock's efforts earned him accolades, a knighthood, an appearance on FOX's hit drama, The O.C.,and the moniker 'The Hero of Upper Canada'.


Blogger kristin said...

wow. that just blew my fuckin' skull off.

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