Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Live-blogging the siege of Quebec +250 #6

[As explained in the italicized note for July 9, this entry has been redone.]

July 8: Wolfe, habitually restless, eager for action, always preferring contact to the slow preliminaries of siege, makes a move at the only point where contact seems possible: at the far left of Montcalm's lines (which means north-east of the city where the Montmorency river runs south, drops over its falls, and joins the St. Lawrence. His initial instinct (it will also be his final one) had been to land upriver of Quebec, but the fleet does not yet control the river sufficiently, so for the time being he goes with what's feasible.

Today he lands troops at Ange-Gardien, on the north shore between Quebec and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré on the north shore, and threatens to cross the Montmorency. The anonymous Journal du Siège observes and frets: "We estimate that the English have landed at least 1600 men at Ange-Gardien; I really fear that we will have a lot of trouble pushing them out, although a thousand Canadiens and natives led by M. de Courtemanche will be moved there during the night."
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