Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Live-blogging the siege of Quebec+250 #41

Sunday, August 12, 1759. Another day under shot and shell inside the battered town of Quebec, as seen by the supply clerk/diarist:
A child was killed in a house in the St. Roch neighbourhood, and a woman died after being injured by the explosion of a bomb. A bomb that fell right on the gun platform dismounted a cannon at the battery between the chateau and the house of big Girard. The cannonballs that hit the walls of the lower town smash down yards of masonry each time.
And gunner Foligné gives the defenders’ perspective on the ships that had attempted to move upriver the day before:
This morning at nine M. Deboulle, commanding four gunboats, attacked the schooner that had made its way upriver during the night. After a fight lasting nearly an hour it was forced to beach itself on the south shore for repairs.
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