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FLUXES, FEVERS AND FIGHTING MEN. WAR AND DISEASE IN ANCIEN REGIME EUROPE 1648-1789

QUÉBEC UNDER SIEGE. FRENCH EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS FROM THE CAMPAIGN OF 1759

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Helion & Company 15th July 2019 Paperback 234mm x 156mm 144 pages 7 b/w ills & maps

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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.

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Author Charles A. Mayhood
Publisher Helion and Company
ISBN 9781912866731
Date of Publication 15th July 2019
Edition -
Binding Paperback
Book Size 234mm x 156mm
Number of pages 144 pages
Images 7 b/w ills & maps
Language English text
SKU HEL1162

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