great poverty of resources as a military chief; but his
humane disposition, his caution, his pride, and his firmness were guarantees that Quebec
would be pertinaciously defended.
Besides, he had been Wolfe
's quartermaster general, and had himself witnessed how much of the success of his chief had been due to the rashness of Montcalm
in risking a battle outside of the walls.
The rapid success of Montgomery
had emboldened a party in Quebec
to confess a willingness to receive him on terms of capitulation.
But on the twenty second, Carleton
ordered all persons who would not join in the defence of the town, to leave it within four days; and after their departure he found himself supported by more than three hundred regulars, three hundred and thirty Anglo-Canadian
militia, five hundred and forty three French Canadians
, four hundred and eighty five seamen and marines, beside a hundred and twenty artificers capable of bearing arms.
had conquered rather as the leader of a disorderly band of turbulent freemen, than as the commander of a disciplined army.
Not only had the troops from the different colonies had their separate regulations and terms of enlistment, but the privates retained the inquisitiveness and self-direction of civil life; so that his authority depended chiefly on his personal influence and his powers of persuasion.
Now that Montreal
was taken and winter was come, homesickness so prevailed among them that he was left with no more than eight hundred men to garrison his conquests, and to go down against Quebec
He was deserted even by most of the Green Mountain
Boys, who at first were disposed to share his winter