hide Sorting

You can sort these results in two ways:

By entity
Chronological order for dates, alphabetical order for places and people.
By position (current method)
As the entities appear in the document.

You are currently sorting in ascending order. Sort in descending order.

hide Most Frequent Entities

The entities that appear most frequently in this document are shown below.

Entity Max. Freq Min. Freq
1776 AD 226 226 Browse Search
1775 AD 208 208 Browse Search
Canada (Canada) 152 0 Browse Search
England (United Kingdom) 150 0 Browse Search
France (France) 126 0 Browse Search
New England (United States) 122 0 Browse Search
Quebec (Canada) 104 0 Browse Search
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) 104 0 Browse Search
Richard Montgomery 100 0 Browse Search
John Adams 100 0 Browse Search
View all entities in this document...

Browsing named entities in a specific section of George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 8. Search the whole document.

Found 205 total hits in 57 results.

1 2 3 4 5 6
ar daylight, about two hundred of the Americans withdrew from the streets, and found shelter in houses of stone, from which they could fire with better effect. It was then that Hendricks, while aiming his rifle, was shot through the heart. But the retreat of Campbell, and the certainty that the other attacks were only feints, left Carleton free to concentrate all his force against the party of Arnold. By his orders a sally was now made from Palace Gate, in the rear of the Americans, by Captain Laws, with two hundred men; they found Dearborn's company divided into two parties, each of which successively surrendered; and then the remnant of the assailants, the flower of the rebel army, was cooped up within the town. Morgan proposed that they should cut their way through their enemies; but retreat had become impracticable; and after maintaining the struggle till the last hope was gone, at ten o'clock they surrendered. Thus Greene, Meigs, Morgan, Hendricks, the hardy men who had passe
efore Montgomery entered Montreal, Chap. LIV.} 1775 Nov. Carleton, with more than a hundred regularurces as a military chief; but his Chap. LIV.} 1775. Nov. humane disposition, his caution, his pridtinental congress, which was eager Chap. LIV.} 1775. Nov. for the occupation of Canada, took no sea battering train; nor by investing Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. the place, which had provisions for eightlion at Morgan's quarters, and ad- Chap. LIV.} 1775 Dec. dressed them with spirit; after which a co the whole line of their defences. Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. Colonel James Livingston, with less than t that entered the undefended bar- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. rier, passing on between the rock and thernsfare discharged them with dead- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. ly aim. Montgomery, his aid Macpherson, tt little space between the river Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec.beach and the precipice. Near this spot Aut the moment for it soon went by; Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. though some few escaped, passing over the[3 more...]
Chap. LIV.} 1775. Nov. 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. Montgomery had conquered rather as the leader of a disorderly band of turbulent fre
as 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 campaign. The continental congress, which was eager Chap. LIV.} 1775. Nov. for the occupation of Canada, took no seasonable care to supply the places of his men as their time of enlistment expired. On the twenty sixth, leaving St. John's under the command of Marinus Willett of New York, and entrusting the government of Montreal to Wooster of Connecticut, and in the spirit of a lawgiver who was to regenerate the province, making a declaration that on his return he would call a convention of the Canadian people, Montgomery embarked on board three armed schooners with artillery and provisions and three hundred troops; and on the third day of De- Dec. cember, at Point aux Trembles, made a junction with Ar
etired life in which he alone found delight; but said he, should the scene change, I shall be always ready to contribute to the public safety. And his last message to his brother-in-law was: Adieu, my dear Robert; may your happy talents ever be directed to the good of mankind. As the time for the assault drew near, three captains in Arnold's battalion, whose term of service was soon to expire, created dissension and showed a mutinous disaffection to the service. In the evening of the twenty third, Montgomery repaired to their quarters, and in few words gave them leave to stand aside; he would compel none; he wanted with him no persons who went with reluctance. His words recalled the officers to their duty, but the incident hurried him into a resolution to attempt gaining Quebec before the first of January, when his legal authority to restrain the waywardness of the discontented would cease. At sundown of Christmas he reviewed Arnold's battalion at Morgan's quarters, and ad- Ch
ght of the twenty sixth was clear, and so cold that no man could handle his arms or scale a wall. The evening of the twenty seventh was hazy, and the troops were put in motion; but as the sky soon cleared up, the general, who was tender of their lives, called them back, choosing to wait for the shelter of a favorable night, that is, for a night of clouds and darkness with a storm of wind and snow. For the next days the air was serene, and a mild westerly wind brightened the sky. On the thirtieth a snow storm from the northeast set in. But a few hours more of the old year remained, and with it the engagement of many of his troops would expire; Montgomery must act now, or resign the hope of crowning his career by the capture of Quebec. Orders were therefore given for the troops to be ready at two o'clock of the following morning; and that they might recognise one another, each soldier wore in his cap a piece of white paper, on which some of them wrote: liberty or death. It was M
December 31st (search for this): chapter 14
e the number of the besiegers. Quick of perception, of a hopeful temperament, and impatient of delay, Montgomery saw at a glance his difficulties, and yet thought there was a fair prospect of success. He could not expect it from a siege, for he had no battering train; nor by investing Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. the place, which had provisions for eight months; there could therefore be no hope of its capture but by storm, and as the engagements of the New England men ended with the thirty first of December, the assault must be made within twenty six days. He grieved for the loss of life that might ensue, but his decision was prompt and unchanging. The works of the lower town were the weakest; these he thought it possible to carry, and then the favor of the inhabitants in the upper town, their concern for their property, the unwarlike character of the garrison, the small military ability of Carleton, offered chances of victory. The first act of Montgomery was a demand for the surre
s pierced through and through, and its guns destroyed by the heavy artillery of the fortress. Some lives were lost, but the invaders suffered more from pleurisy and other diseases of the lungs; and the smallpox began its ravages. A faint glimmer of hope still lingered, that the repeated defiance would induce Carleton to come out; but he could not be provoked into making an attempt to drive off the besiegers. To the storming we must come at last, said Montgomery. On the evening of the sixteenth, a council was held by all the commissioned officers of Arnold's detachment, and a large majority voted for making an assault as soon as the men could be provided with bayonets, hatchets, and hand grenades. In case of success, said Montgomery, the effects of those who have been most active against the united colonies must fall to the soldiery. Days of preparation ensued, during which he revolved his desperate situation. His rapid conquests had filled the voice of the world with his prai
e mortars were placed in St. Roc's, but the small shells which they threw did no essential injury to the garrison. Meantime a battery was begun on the heights of Abraham, about seven hundred yards southwest of St. John's gate. The ground was frozen and covered with deep snow, so that earth was not to be had; the gabions and the interstices of the fascines were therefore filled with snow; and on this water was poured in large quantities, which froze instantly in the intense cold. On the fifteenth, the day after the work was finished, a flag of truce was Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. again sent towards the wall with letters for the governor; but he refused to receive them or hold any kind of parley with rebels. Montgomery knew that Carleton was sincere, and if necessary would sooner be buried under heaps of ruins than come to terms. The battery, consisting of but six twelve-pounders and two howitzers, had been thrown up only to lull the enemy into security at other points; it was too l
ee hundred troops; and on the third day of De- Dec. cember, at Point aux Trembles, made a junction inished, a flag of truce was Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. again sent towards the wall with letters for thtress be taken the Canadians Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. would enter heartily into the Union and send that Morgan's quarters, and ad- Chap. LIV.} 1775 Dec. dressed them with spirit; after which a councilhole line of their defences. Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. Colonel James Livingston, with less than two hu entered the undefended bar- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. rier, passing on between the rock and the pickee discharged them with dead- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. ly aim. Montgomery, his aid Macpherson, the youle space between the river Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec.beach and the precipice. Near this spot Arnold moment for it soon went by; Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. though some few escaped, passing over the shoaluth, as spotless as the new- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. fallen snow which was his winding sheet; full o[1 more...]
1 2 3 4 5 6