War of 1812people

Thomas Brisbane


Thomas Brisbane, along with Manley Power and Frederick Robinson, was sent to Canada by the Duke of Wellingtion after the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. Like his colleagues, Brisbane was baffled by the hesitant and ineffectual military leadership of Sir George Prevost, who ignored the advice of the three men, all of whom were vastly more experienced in battle than he was. Prevost's timidity and unwillingness to engage in battle frustrated and puzzled Brisbane. At Plattsburg he insisted that his troops could take the fort in twenty minutes if only Prevost would give the order, Prevost declined.