by detaching Townshend
ment, and afterwards a part of the royal Americans
, who formed on the left with a double front.
Waiting no longer for more troops, Montcalm
led Sept the French
army impetuously to the attack.
The ill-disciplined companies broke by their precipitation and the unevenness of the ground; and fired by platoons, without unity.
, especially the forty-third and forty-seventh, where Monckton
stood, received the shock with calmness; and after having, at Wolfe
's command, reserved their fire till their enemy was within forty yards, their line began a regular, rapid, and exact discharge of musketry.
was present every where, braving danger, wounded, but cheering by his example.
The second in command, De Sennezergues, an associate in glory at Ticonderoga
, was killed.
The brave but untried Canadians, flinching from a hot fire in the open field, began to waver; and, so soon as Wolfe
, placing himself at the head of the twenty-eighth and the Louisburg grenadiers, charged with bayonets, they every where gave way. Of the English
was wounded; Barre
, who fought near Wolfe
, received in the head a ball which destroyed the power of vision of one eye, and ultimately made him blind.
, also, as he led the charge, was wounded in the wrist, but still pressing forward, he received a second ball; and, having decided the day, was struck a third time, and mortally, in the breast.
‘Support me,’ he cried to an officer near him: ‘let not my brave fellows see me drop.’
He was carried to the rear, and they brought him water to quench his thirst.
‘They run, they run,’ spoke the officer on whom he leaned.
, as his