The retreat from Canada
The death of Montgomery
dispelled the illusion
Chap. LXVII.} 1776. Jan. to Mar.
that hovered round the invasion of Canada
The soldiers whose time expired on the last day of December insisted on their discharge; some went off without leave, taking with them their arms; the rest were dejected and anxious to be at home.
There remained encamped near Quebec
rather than besieging it, about four hundred Americans
and as many wavering Canadians.
The force commanded by Carleton
was twice as numerous as both, and was concentrated in the well provisioned and strongly fortified town.
Yet in the face of disasters and a superior enemy, Arnold
preserved his fortitude; ‘I have no thought,’ he said, ‘of leaving this proud town until I enter it in tri umph.’
had required an army of ten thousand men; Arnold
declared that a less number would not suffice.
The chief command devolved on Wooster