About 1,800 troops—the quotas of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey—assembled at Albany with the intention of attacking Montreal simultaneously with the appearance of the fleet from Boston before Quebec.
Nicholson was in general command; and at Albany he was joined by 500 warriors of the Five Nations and 1,000 palatines, chiefly from the Mohawk Valley, making the whole force about 4,000 strong.
Nicholson was assisted by Colonels Schuyler, Whiting, and Ingoldsby, and on Aug. 28 they began their march for Canada.
At Lake George, Nicholson heard of the miscarriage of the naval expedition, and returned to Albany, abandoning the enterprise.
In 1775, when the republicans invaded Canada, General Carleton was in command of a few troops at Montreal.
With about 800 men he marched to the relief of the garrison at St. John, after he heard of the capture of Chambly.
He crossed the St. Lawrence in small boats, and when about to land at Longueil was attacked by Col. Seth