Saturday, August 08, 2009

Live-blogging the siege of Quebec+250 #37

Wednesday, August 8, 1759:

"Barges that had joined the enemy ships above the city attempted to land soldiers at Point aux Trembles where, being vigorously attacked, they returned aboard their ships. The same day fifteen or twenty men of Ange-Gardien confronted an enemy party of about five hundred men who had rounded up two or three hundred cattle from the surrounding countryside. Our people forced the enemy to abandon the cattle and drove the catle back into the deep woods."
-- Foligné's journal

Montcalm’s second in command, Lévis, mentions the same events (though dating them August 7) but he ascribes the small victory to “the good behaviour of our detachments defending that area. They had been reinforced in the last few days. M. de Bougainville had been sent to take command there, replacing Major Dumas of the colonial troops."
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