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Chapter 53:

The March to Quebec.


September—November, 1775.

The detachment which Washington, as he thought-
Chap. LIII.} 1775. Sept.
fully brooded over the future without hope of a speedy termination of the war, sent against Quebec, consisted of ten companies of New England infantry, one of riflemen from Virginia, and two from Pennsylvania, in all two battalions of about eleven hundred men. The command was given to Arnold, who, as a trader in years past, had visited Quebec, where he still had correspondents. In person he was short of stature and of a florid complexion; his broad, compact frame displayed a strong animal nature and power of endurance; he was complaisant and persuasive in his manners; daringly and desperately brave; avaricious and profuse; grasping but not sordid; sanguinely hopeful; of restless activity; ‘intelligent and enterprising.’

The next in rank as lieutenant colonels were Roger Enos, who proved to be a craven, and the

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