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there was at least 18oo men killed, wounded, and taken prisoners in the battle.
The French that were found in the city were granted the same terms as ours had in Minorca.
The regiments of Lascelles, Kennedy's and Wolfe's grenadiers, did wonders; yet the highlanders, if any thing, exceeded them, When these took to their broad swords, my God! what a havock they made They drove every thing before them, and walls could not resist their fury.—Those breechless brave fellows are an honour to their country.— I cannot do them justice in my description of them ; but I have reason to believe that their bravery will meet with praise and approbation, the only reward (except half victuals and cloaths) that a highlander demands being prepossessed naturally with a kind of martial honour.
Quebec, Sep. 20.
Ewan Cameron, a common highlander, as I am credibly informed, had killed no less than nine Frenchmen, among whom were two officers, when his sword-arm was carried off by a shot. He immediately snatched up a bayonet, and wounded several more; but an unlucky bullet penetrating his throat, levelled him with the ground. The highlanders seem particularly calculated for this country. Their patience, temperance, and hardiness, their bravery, their agility, nay, their very dress contributes to adapt them to the climate, and render them formidable to the enemy.
Prom an officer in Lascelles's, Quebec, Sept. 20.
The loss of our regiment is as follows: Capt. Thomas Ross (of Culrosse) and Lieutt. Roderick Macneil (of Barra) and Alexander Macdonell (son to Barisdale) killed. Capt. S. Fraser (Inverallachy) and John Macdonald, (Lochgary); Lieuts. Macdonald (Keppoch) Archibald Campbell (brother to Glenlyon) Alexander Campbell, and Douglas; and Ens. MacKenzie Malcolm Fraser, and Gregorson, wounded, most of their wounds but slight. Col. Fraser, and Lieuts. Charles and Hector Macdonalds, and H. Cameron, who were formerly wounded, are almost recovered.
The London Chronicle for 1788. Aug. 16–19
It is a circumstance not generally known, but believed by the army which served under General Wolfe, that his death-wound was not received by the common chance of war, but given by a deserter from his own regiment: The circumstances are thus related:—The General perceived one of the sergeants of his regiment strike a man under arms (an act against which he had given particular orders), and, knowing the man to be a good soldier, reprehended the aggressor with much warmth, and threatened to reduce him to the ranks. This so far incensed the sergeant that he took the first opportunity of deserting to the enemy, where he meditated the means of destroying the General, which he effected by being placed in the enemy's left wing, which was directly opposite to the right of the British line, where Wolfe commanded in person, and where he was marked out by the miscreant, who was provided with a rifle-piece, and unfortunately for this country, effected his purpose. After the defeat of the French Army, the deserters were all removed to Crown Point; which being afterwards suddenly invested and taken by the British Army, the whole of the garrison fell into the hands of the Captors; when the sergeant of whom we have been speaking was hanged for desertion, but before the execution of his sentence confessed the facts above recited.
Bibliography of the Siege of Quebec, by A. Doughly and /. E. Middleton, with a list of Plans of Quebec by R. Lee-Phillips of the Library of Congress, Washington.