Thursday, September 13, 2007
On this day in 1759, the British fought and won the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Quebec, although the generals of both the French and English forces were mortally wounded. The French and Indian War (Seven Years' War in Europe) continued, but this small battle (20,000 troops, 1350 battle deaths evenly divided) ultimately removed most French from the Eastern Provinces of Canada; only Quebec remains of New France.
The key to the British success was to load their muskets with two lead balls and then hold their fire until the French were 20 yards away. Their 'most perfect volley' destroyed the French will to fight.
Labels: French and Indian War