These sections will outline aspects of history I used as background in writing the novel. Starting with notes on the Writing of the Prologue, earlier portions of the novel are covered in the archives.
These are notes for the last two sections of the novel,
Chapter Six, Queenston Heights
Aftermath [page 267]
Sileo in Pacis [page 270]
By late afternoon on Tuesday, Oct 13th, the battle atop Queenston Heights had concluded with American troops surrendered and marched under guard to Niagara where they would be paroled over the next few days. Another truce was instituted, in part to succor the dead and wounded from the battlefield.
There, bodies float in the river. Broken launches and dead men line the Niagara shore. Lockwood throws his rifle and blood encrusted sabre upon the rocks and wades in. The water rises quickly to his waist, then he falters and collapses, face first, into the gut shriveling cold. Too heart sore to stand, the current tugs at his arms and legs. Motionless, he begins to drift downstream.
“Good God, Lockwood! What are you doing out there?”
Major Glegg’s voice is muffled by the water but Lockwood hears and lifts his face to gasp for air. Sergeant Matthew Benjamin splashes into the river to pull him out.
Glegg waits impatiently on the wharf with a horse cart – but no horse. “Come help us.”
Bodies line both sides of the gravel path. Could Macdonnell be one of them? He pulls back each blanket. The uniforms are American blue, British red and Canadian brown.
The flat river stones outside the church doors are awash in mud. Candle light leaks from the windows.
Inside, the nave is in chaos. Doctors are frantic, overwhelmed by scores of men in agony. The oak floor is stained in blood. Scents of alcohol and excrement fill the air. Wounded, broken men lie moaning in the pews. Even the gallery above has taken its share of horror. Beloved of the dying, wail. A baby frets.
It was Glegg’s plan that Major General Isaac Brock and Lieutenant Colonel John Macdonnell would be buried side by side. The northeast bastion of Fort George would be their resting place. The band of the 41st, drums covered with black cloth and muffled, would play a funeral march as the mourners passed from Government House to the fort – two hundred First Nations Warriors to line the road in respectful silence. A picked company of the 41st, sixty men under a subaltern, and a company of militia were to come next. Then the general’s horse fully caparisoned, with four grooms, followed by the doctors and Reverend Addison.
Glegg’s letter is edited from E. A. Cruikshank, “The Documentary History of the Campaigns on the Niagara Frontier in 1812-1814,” Volume 2, pages 88-89; Glegg’s description of the funeral is from Tupper, pages, 340-341. I chose to have General Brock die in silence, as per the George Jarvis account (Malcomson, page 153) and thus I deleted the conflicting part of Glegg’s letter to Powell. Both Jarvis and Glegg were present at Brock’s death and my choice is, therefore, arbitrary. In my own mind, I believe that Glegg was telling Powell what his dear friend would surely have said, if only he had the chance.