Tecumseh and Brock Statue
Don’t miss this sculpture at the Sandwich Roundabout! Shawnee leader, Tecumseh and British military General Isaac Brock were pivotal figures in this area during the War of 1812. The two men had a historical meeting in Amherstburg in August of 1812 to plan an attack on the Americans at Fort Detroit. Brock and Tecumseh took advantage of American General Hull’s fear of an attack by First Nations warriors, creating the illusion of a much larger army than what they actually had. A fearful Hull quickly surrendered the fort. With the combined efforts of First Nations warriors, British soldiers and local militia, Brock and Tecumseh were able to capture Fort Detroit with minimal loss of life and this was a major victory for the British and their allies in the war. The Brock-Tecumseh monument was spearheaded in 2012 by the late John Muir, community activist and advocate for Sandwich Town. Muir envisioned the sculpture as the most appropriate way to honour these two historical figures. The bronze, seven-foot-two sculpture, by local artist Mark Williams rests on an eight-foot plinth and depicts Brock and Tecumseh side by side scouting the Detroit River, preparing for their attack on Fort Detroit. The statue was unveiled on September 7, 2018 by Mayor Drew Dilkens. Brock and Tecumseh are not only important to the history of Sandwich Town, but to the history of Canada.