The Revolt of Pontiac and the American Invasion
The Attack on Quebec
The Americans Repulsed
Caption: Canadian militiamen and British soldiers repulse the American assault at Sault-au-Matelot
Meanwhile, Arnold and some 700 men were detected close to the Palais Gate. They went on the attack in Lower Town, believing that Montgomery's column was already there. Arnold, who was injured in the assault on the first barricade in Rue du Sault-au-Matelot, was replaced by Colonel Daniel Morgan, who took command and reached the second barricade. Behind it waited a detachment of the 7th Regiment, in battle ranks, as well as Canadian militiamen hidden in some houses. When the Americans reached the top of the barricade, they were met by a heavy fusillade. Carleton then decided that the moment had come to cut off their avenue of retreat. He sent a large detachment of Scots and sailors through the Palais Gate to take Morgan's men as they retreated. The Americans, knowing that all was lost, lay down their arms. When the day dawned, approximately 100 of them lay dead, including General Montgomery; 300 others were taken prisoner, including Colonel Morgan. 39 The Quebec garrison had only five dead and one wounded. Thus ended the last recorded assault on city of Quebec.
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