Québec Under Siege

French Eye-Witness Accounts from the Campaign of 1759

Charles A. Mayhood

Translated and annotated eye-witness accounts of the 1759 Siege of Quebec.
Publication date:
August 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
7 b/w ills & maps
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ISBN : 9781912866731

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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Late in the summer 1759, Québec, the capital of New France, was under siege. British Major General James Wolfe had the city surrounded and cut off from reinforcements in Montréal, Vice Admiral Charles Saunders was in firm control of the rivers surrounding the city as well as the supply routes into the region. The French population found itself low on food and ammunition to defend themselves, and suffering daily bombardment by the English. The walls of Québec were manned by militiamen and sailors taken from French ships lost or anchored above the city for their protection. Lieutenant Général Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Grozon and his aide-de-camp Louis-Antoine de Bougainville commanded the French regulars outside the city, moving them in rapid deployments to counter the British advances.

Here the story is told by the citizens within the walls: an artillery captain, a prominent citizen, the emissary traveling between the British and the French commanders, and a Catholic nun working in the main hospital, treating the sick and wounded of both armies. Three of these works are offered in English for the first time, and all four are fully annotated. These journals and memoirs bring us inside the siege, allowing us to watch through their eyes as the fate of New France was determined.


A valuable alternative perspective to the English accounts for readers who are not fluent in the French language that will be of interest to students of the Quebec campaign and to wargamers devising map kriegsspiels portraying the naval operations before the battle on the Heights of Abraham.
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