come into line; though Monckton
's regiments had
arrived, and had formed with the coolness of invincible valor.
But hours hurried by; night was near; the clouds of midsummer gathered heavily, as if for a storm; the tide rose; and Wolfe
, wiser than Frederic at Colin, ordered a timely retreat.
A strand of deep mud, a hill-side, steep, and in many places impracticable, the heavy fire of a brave, numerous, and well protected enemy, were obstacles which intrepidity and discipline could not overcome.
In general orders, Wolfe
censured the impetuosity of the grenadiers; he praised the coolness of Monckton
's regiments, as able alone to beat back the whole Canadian
This severe check, in which four hundred lives were lost, happened on the last day of July.
was next sent, with twelve hundred men, above the
town, to destroy the French ships and open a communication with Amherst
Twice he attempted a landing on the north shore, without success; at Deschambault
, a place of refuge for women and children, he won advantages over a guard of invalid soldiers; and learned that Niagara
had surrendered; that the French
had abandoned Ticonderoga
and Crown Point
The eyes of Wolfe
were strained to see Amherst
, though opposed by no more than three thousand men, was loitering at Crown Point
, nor did even a messenger from him arrive.
was alone to struggle with difficulties which every hour made more appalling.
The numerous body of armed men under Montcalm
‘could not,’ he said, ‘he called an army;’ but the French