Canadians, and Indians
, in all about five hun-
dred men, and after a defence of an hour and three quarters, he, with thirty eight men, was obliged to surrender; the rest fled to the woods.
At the barrack yard in Montreal
, a British brigadier, asked the prisoner: ‘Are you that Allen
who took Ticonderoga
‘I am the very man,’ quoth Allen
, in a great rage, called him a rebel and other hard names, and raised his cane.
At this Allen
shook his fist, telling him: ‘This is the beetle of mortality for you, if you offer to strike.’
‘Youshall grace a halter at Tyburn,’ cried Prescott
, with an oath.
The wounded, seven in number, entered the hospital; the rest were shackled together in pairs, and distributed among different transports in the river.
, as the chief offender, was chained with leg irons weighing about thirty pounds; their heavy substantial bar was eight feet long; the shackles, which encompassed his ancles, were so very tight and close that he could not lie down exeept on his back; and in this plight, thrust into the lowest part of a vessel, the captor of Ticonderoga
was dragged to England
, where imprisonment in Pendennis Castle could not abate his courage or his hope.
The issue of this rash adventure daunted the
Canadians for a moment, but difficulties only brought out the resources of Montgomery
He was obliged to act entirely from his own mind; for there was no one about him competent to give advice.
Of the field officers, he esteemed Brown
alone for his ability; though McPherson
, his aide-de-camp, a very young man, universally beloved, of good sense, and rare endowments, gave promise of high capacity for war.