resolved ‘that six thousand militia be employed to
Chap. LXVII.} 1776. June 28.
reinforce the army in Canada
, and to keep up the communication with that province;’ and called upon Massachusetts
to make up half that number, Connecticut
one quarter, New Hampshire
and New York the rest.
They also authorized the employment of Indians
On that same day the first division of the Brunswick
troops under Riedesel
arrived with Burgoyne
, and, with the regiments from Ireland
and others, put into the hands of Carleton
an army of nine thousand nine hundred and eighty four effective men, well disciplined, and abundantly provided with all the materials of war. Henceforth the Americans
were in imminent danger of being cut off and utterly destroyed.
The death of Thomas
on the second, left the command to Sullivan
Arriving with his party at Sorel
on the fifth, he assumed it with the misplaced confidence and ostentation of inexperience.
‘In a few days,’ said he, ‘I can reduce the army to order, and put a new face upon our affairs here.’
A council of war resolved on an attempt against the enemy at Three Rivers
; a party of about fifteen hundred, mostly Pennsylvanians, including the regiments of St. Clair
, and Irvine
, was placed for that purpose under the command of Thompson
‘I am determined,’ wrote Sullivan
, ‘to hold the most important posts as long as one stone is left upon another.’
At one o'clock in the morning of the seventh, Thompson
and his party arrived at St. Clair's station on the Nicolet; lay hid in the woods on its bank during the day; and in the evening crossed the St. Lawrence
, intending a surprise on a party,