" ...the War of 1812. Detroit played a significant role, and it was not the city's finest hour."
"[Territorial Governor of Michigan] Hull realized he needed to reinforce the military presence at Fort Detroit immediately; Detroit had a mere 94 regular soldiers. He headed for Washington to make his request. It was in Washington that he learned of the government's plan to invade Canada."
The article has much more information, most of it focused on William Hull's pivotal role in the Detroit theatre of war. There's also "Legacy of the War - place names," including Shelby, Gratiot, Brush, Tecumseh, etc.