Repost: Please Invade Us … NOT

30 Oct

The American Revolutionary War began in April 1775, and by July a large force had been sent to Lake Champlain with orders to attack Fort St. Jean on the Richelieu River, and then to capture Montreal.

General Philip Schuyler, commander of the American Army from New York, had instructions permitting him to capture any other part of the country provided that it would not be disagreeable to the Canadians!

Many of the Americans allegedly believed that Canadians would welcome an invasion to relieve them from “British tyranny.”  Indeed, some Canadian businessmen did support the American cause.  They even managed to send a Canadian battalion to help General Montgomery!

Before trying to capture Montreal, the Americans had to defeat a British force stationed at Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. Its commander, Charles Preston, had 600 troops. Although Brigadier General Richard Montgomery surrounded the fort with a larger force, and urged Preston to surrender, the British commander held out through September and October.

English: Engraved portrait of Richard Montgome...

English: Engraved portrait of Richard Montgomery, the Continental Army general killed at the 1775 Battle of Quebec. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brigadier General Richard Montgomery had to take complete command from General Philip Schuyler because he became too ill to continue.

Meanwhile, Governor Guy Carleton had arrived in Montreal from Quebec and was trying to raise a force so he could rescue Preston at St. Jean. He had 200 regulars, and some of the seigniors had persuaded about 1,200 habitants to join up. These habitants didn’t really like the war, or being taken from their farms when they should be doing their plowing. So some of them deserted every night.

Carleton tried to take his force across the St. Lawrence on the night of October 30, but he was unable to land because of American gunfire. Major Preston had to surrender on November 3, and the way was now open for the Americans to march to Montreal.

Carleton’s only hope was to try to save Quebec. To get there, he made a spectacular trip down the river in disguise, right under the noses of the American patrols. He arrived just as General Benedict Arnold was beginning his attack on the city, and he maintained Quebec’s defence until the following May, when the siege was lifted by the arrival of units from the Royal Navy.

If you would like to read more about the Siege at Fort St. Jean, I would suggest visiting British Battles, and Historic Lakes, and Parks Canada.  For even more, visit Wikipedia’s page about the siege at Fort St. Jean.


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14 responses to “Repost: Please Invade Us … NOT

  1. FreeRangeCow

    October 31, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Sorry for our rudeness. ;oP Sometimes we are too big for our britches…or bored…I am not sure which.

    • tkmorin

      October 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

      LOL. “You” gave me something to write about! 🙂

  2. seeker

    October 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Psssttt…. I saw your name on this …. Wow!

    • tkmorin

      October 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Pretty cool, eh? 🙂 I’m “stoked”!

      • seeker

        October 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        Do you have any idea how this happened or done. Totally clueless.

        • tkmorin

          October 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm

          I have absolutely no idea! Which makes even more great … Winning would be great, but just being nominated makes me feel good. 🙂

          • seeker

            October 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

            I am proud of you, Teri.

          • seeker

            October 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm

            Do you mind if I blog about this?

          • tkmorin

            October 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

            Heh, go ahead! It’s actually a good site for everything Canada! C:-)

          • seeker

            October 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

            Thank you. I love promoting other sites.

  3. seeker

    October 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    In disguise as what? Curious what he was wearing and as for the Americans, what made them think that Canada wants to their help?

    • tkmorin

      October 31, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Arrogance? Seems like that personality type had a better chance of survival …

  4. weggieboy

    October 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    “…those revolting republicans! What ya gonna do?”

    I think everything turned out just fine anyway!

    • tkmorin

      October 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

      LOL. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂


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