Procter, Henry

Born: 1763-XX-XX Ireland, United Kingdom

Died: 1822-10-31 England, United Kingdom

Procter began his military career at age eighteen, serving as a lieutenant in the British Army in the last months of the American Revolution. After the Revolution, he remained in the army, receiving promotion to captain in 1792 and major in 1795. In 1800, he became a lieutenant colonel in command of the First Battalion, 41st Regiment of Infantry, stationed in Canada. In 1802, he joined his regiment in Canada. During the War of 1812, he defeated General James Winchester in the Battle of River Raisin (Frenchtown) in January 1813, earning him promotion to brigadier general. Six months later he became a major general. In May and July 1813, Procter failed to take Fort Meigs, Ohio after prolonged sieges, and in October at the Battle of Thames, his forces fled the field, leaving their Native American allies to fight alone. Procter's conduct at the Battle of Thames resulted in his court-martial in December 1814, and the subsequent reprimand ended his military career. He returned to England in 1815.

A. M. J. Hyatt, “PROCTER, HENRY,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 6, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed November 20, 2017,