obscurity, was in the expedition as a major of
For six days after the British
forces, on their way from Halifax
, had entered Chapeau Rouge Bay, the surf, under a high wind, made the rugged shore inaccessible, and gave the French
time to strengthen and extend their lines.
The sea still dashed heavily, when, before daybreak, on the eighth of June, the troops, under cover of a random fire from the frigates, attempted disembarking.
, the third brigadier, who led the first division, would not allow a gun to be fired, cheered the rowers, and, on coming to shoal water, jumped into the sea; and, in spite of the surf which broke several boats and upset more, in spite of the well-directed fire of the French
, in spite of their breast-work and rampart of felled trees whose interwoven branches made one continued wall of green, the English
reached the land, took the batteries, drove in the French
, and on the same day invested Louisburg
At that landing, none was more gallant than Richard Montgomery
; just oneandtwenty; Irish by birth; an humble officer in Wolfe
's brigade; but also a servant of humanity, enlisted in its corps of immortals.
The sagacity of his commander honored him with well deserved praise and promotion to a lieutenancy.
On the morning of the twelfth, an hour before dawn, Wolfe
, with light infantry and Highlanders, took by surprise the lighthouse battery on the northeast side of the entrance to the harbor; the smaller works were successively carried.
On the twenty-third, the English
battery began to play on that of the French
on the island near the centre of the mouth of the harbor.
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