Architect of the Northern
by Steve Payne
says: what if the siege of Quebec City did not end with "Eight
Minutes of Gunfire". Please note that the opinions expressed in this
post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
2nd January, 1727: on this
day the ruthless British General James Peter Wolfe was born in Westerham,
A life-long military career began at the age of just thirteen when he
volunteered for his father's first Marine regiment. But the moment when
Wolfe exploded on the world stage was the summer of 1759. As a
thirty-two year old General, Wolfe was responsible for the capture of
Quebec City, the pivotal military decision which ensured that the future
of North America would be determined by the British.
"I propose to set the town on fire with
shells, to destroy the harvest, houses and cattle, both above and below,
to send off as many Canadians as possible to Europe and to leave famine
and desolation behind me; but we must teach these scoundrels to make war
in a more gentleman like manner" The Supreme Commander of
French Forces in North America, the Marquis de Montcalm, believed that
Quebec was an "impregnable Gibraltar of the New World".
And so it seemed, after months of vicious fighting througout the St
Lawrence River region. In desperation, Wolfe attempted a "back
door" strategy of sneaking troops over the cliffs at the Plains of
Abraham. And yet the information provided by "French
turncoats" was in fact the work of double agents, and the
amphibious assault failed in fifteen minutes of battle.
By now Wolfe fully understood the unique history of Quebec, realising
the French would never give up the city. Because founder Champlain and
only eight men survived the first Quebec winter, a sign of the enduring
French commitment to the settlement. Accordingly, Wolfe carried out his
threat to execute a "Northern Armaggedon". Because Quebec City
was destroyed, and its population expelled.
Seventeen years later, Wolfe was appointed Supreme Commander of British
Forces in North America. The ruthless prosecution of his orders to
suppress "the troubles" on the East Coast would still provoke
intense emotions two hundred and fifty years later.
says, considerable amounts of source material have been repurposed
from the source articles from including the book "Northern
Armageddon: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham" (2008) by D. Peter
Macleod and also Wikipedia.
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