Friday, July 03, 2009

Live-blogging the siege of Quebec 1

[In July 1759 the siege of Quebec was just getting started. I'm thinking of live-blogging the whole thing, 250 years late. If any readers are deep into the sources on this, particularly the French sources inside Quebec, please get in touch - my library is not so extensive, and I would be glad to have co-authors on this]

July 3: General Wolfe, just getting his troops established on the Ile d'Orléans and the south shore, writes in his journal of his consultations with Admiral Saunders:
Our notions agreeing to get ashore if possible above the Town we determined to attempt it. Troops and ships prepared accordingly. Admiral was of the opinion that none of the ships could be of the least use on the Beauport side [i.e., downriver, NE of the city].
The same day, General Montcalm, reading the situation the same way, concludes he could withdraw his forces from the Beauport to shorten his stretched-out defence line.
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