Saturday, July 11, 2009

Live-blogging the siege of Quebec +250 #10

July 12: While the Quebec townspeople's raiding party gets organized, the siege guns they want to destroy finally go to work about nine in the evening. Here's the Journal du Siège again:
The enemy continued the bombardment all night. We replied from the town … but the batteries hit us at least 120 times, and several houses were smashed down. One shot fell on the cathedral, others on the Jesuit church and on several other buildings. The longest shot that landed inside the town fell fifty steps inside the Saint-Jean Gate.
This will be the experience of the townspeople for the rest of the siege and, though they don't know it, the siege has two months to run.
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