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On This Day 12/31/1775
1/10/2011 5:21:29 PM

Patriots are defeated at Quebec, Canada


Patriot troops under Colonel Benedict Arnold and General Richard Montgomery attempt to capture the city of Quebec, Canada under cover of darkness and snowfall. They fail, and the effort costs General Montgomery his life.

On December 2, 1775 Colonel Arnold, General Montgomery and their troops met on the outskirts of Quebec, Canada and demanded the surrender of the city. Governor Sir Guy Carleton rejected their demands, and on December 8, 1775 the Patriots commenced a bombardment of Quebec, Canada which was met by a counter-battery by the British defenders that disabled several of the Patriot's guns.

Facing the year-end expiration of their troops enlistment, the Patriot troops advanced on Quebec, Canada under the cover of a blizzard at approximately four in the morning on December 31, 1775.

The British defenders were ready however, and when General Montgomery's troops came within fifty yards of the fortified city, the British opened fire with a barrage of artillery and musket fire.

General Montgomery was killed in the first assault, and after several more attempts at penetrating Quebec, Canada's defenses, his troops were forced to retreat. Meanwhile, Colonel Arnold's Division suffered a similar fate during their attack on the northern wall of the city of Quebec, Canada.

A two-gun battery opened fire on the advancing Americans, killing a number of troops and wounding Colonel Arnold in the leg. Patriot Daniel Morgan assumed comand and made progress against the defenders, but halted at the second wall of fortifications to wait for reinforcements.

By the time the remainder of Colonel Arnold's Army finally arrived, the British had reorganized, forcing the American Patriots to call of their attack. Of the nine hundred Aerican troops who participated in the siege, sixty were killed or wounded and more than four hundred troops were captured.

The remaining American Patriot troops then retreated from Canada. ColonelArnold remained in Canadian territory until the last of his troops had crossed the St. Lawrence River to safety.

With the pursuing British troops almost in firing range, Colonel Arnold checked one last time to make sure all his troops had escaped, then shot his horse and fled down the St. Lawrence River in a canoe.

Less than five years later, Colonel Arnold, then Commander of West Point ( formerly Fort Arnold), famously turned traitor when Colonel Arnold agreed to surrender the important Hudson River Fort to the British for a bribe of twenty-thousand pound. The plot was uncovered after British spy John Andre was captured with incriminating papers, forcing ColonelArnold to flee to British protection and join in their fight against the United States that he had once so valiantly served.



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Benedict Arnold American Colonel
Richard Montgomery American General
Guy Carleton Governor - Canada
Daniel Morgan American Commander
John Andre British spy
Former Fiancee to
Margaret, Arnold's wife


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