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PROCTOR, Henry l., British soldier, born in Wales in 1787; died in Liverpool, England, in 1859. He entered the army at an early age, and at the beginning of the war between Great Britain and the United States came to Canada in 1812 as colonel of the 42d regiment. He was despatched by General Sir Isaac Brock to Amherstburg to prevent the landing of General William Hull, whom he drove back, and subsequently gained the victory of Brownston, which exploits contributed much to the fall of Detroit and the capitulation of Hull. He opened the campaign of 1813 by defeating General James Winchester near Frenchtown, on River Raisin, for which service he was promoted a brigadier-general. He was repelled from Fort Meigs by General William Henry Harrison (q. v.) in May, 1813, from Fort Stephenson (Lower Sandusky, Ohio), by Major Croghan on 2 August, and was totally defeated by Harrison at the battle of the Thames, 5 October, 1813. He was tried by court-martial for his share in this disaster, and sentenced to be suspended from rank and pay for six months. He was reinstated, commanded again during the war, and rose to the rank of lieutenant-general. He was much admired by the people of Canada, and the sentence that was passed upon him was regarded as arbitrary and unmerited.
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