Thursday, August 13, 2009

Live-blogging the siege of Quebec+250 #42

Monday, August 13, 1759: Captain Knox notes some of the routine business of the siege camp:
Upwards of a thousand cannon shot and twenty thirteen-inch shells, which came from the enemy at different times, have been collected in the precincts of our batteries, and were sent on board an ordnance-ship to be transmitted, as it is said, to Louisbourg. The soldiers are allowed two pence for a shot, two shillings and sixpence for a ten-inch, and five shillings for thirteen-inch shells. Two marines deserted to-day. Nothing extraordinary at our batteries; moderate firing between them and the town. Our weather gloomy; wind right ahead, and, by the deluges of rain we have had of late, the air is rendered cool, and our camp uncomfortable.
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