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William Wood - The Winning of Canada: A Chronicle of Wolfe

from the Levis batteries growing brighter and more frequent; for both the land gunners there and the
seamen gunners with Saunders farther down were increasing their fire as the hour for Wolfe's landing

drew near.

A couple of miles above the Foulon the Hunter was anchored in midstream. As arranged, Chads
left the south shore and steered straight for her. To his surprise he saw her crew training their guns on

him. But they held their fire. Then Wolfe came alongside and found that she had two French deserters on

board who had mistaken his boats for the French provision convoy that was expected to creep down the

north shore that very night and land at the Foulon. He had already planned to pass his boats off as this

convoy; for he knew that the farthest up of Holmes's men-of-war had stopped it above Pointe-aux-

Trembles. But he was glad to know that the French posts below Cap Rouge had not yet heard of the

stoppage.

From the Hunter his boat led the way to Sillery Point, half a mile above the Foulon. 'Halt! Who
comes there!' - a French sentry's voice rang out in the silence of the night. 'France!' answered young

Fraser, who had been taken into Wolfe's boat because he spoke French like a native. 'What's your

regiment?' asked the sentry. 'The Queen's,' answered Fraser, who knew that this was the one supplying

the escort for the provision boats the British had held up. 'But why don't you speak out?' asked the sentry

again. 'Hush!' said Fraser, 'the British will hear us if you make a noise.' And there, sure enough, was

the Hunter, drifting down, as arranged, not far outside the column of boats. Then the sentry let

them all pass; and, in ten minutes more, exactly at four o'clock, the leading boat grounded in the Anse au

Foulon and Wolfe jumped ashore.

He at once took the 'Forlorn Hope' and 200 light infantry to the side of the Cove towards Quebec, saying
as he went, 'I don't know if we shall all get up, but we must make the attempt.' Then, while these men

were scrambling up, he went back to the middle of the Cove, where Howe had already formed the

remaining 500 light infantry. Captain Macdonald, a very active climber, passed the 'Forlorn Hope' and

was the first man to reach the top and feel his way through the trees to the left, towards Vergor's tents.

Presently he almost ran into the sleepy French-Canadian sentry, who heard only a voice speaking perfect

French and telling him it was all right - nothing but the reinforcements from the Beauport camp; for

Wolfe knew that Montcalm had been trying to get a French regular officer to replace Vergor, who was as

good a thief as Bigot and as bad a soldier as Vaudreuil. While this little parley was going on the 'Forlorn

Hope' came up; when Macdonald promptly hit the sentry between the eyes with the hilt of his claymore

and knocked him flat. The light infantry pressed on close behind. The dumbfounded French colonial

troops coming out of their tents found themselves face to face with a whole woodful of fixed bayonets.

They fired a few shots. The British charged with a loud cheer. The Canadians scurried away through the

trees. And Vergor ran for dear life in his nightshirt.

The ringing cheer with which Delaune charged home told Wolfe at the foot of the road that the actual top
was clear. Then Howe went up; and in fifteen minutes all the light infantry had joined their comrades

above. Another battalion followed quickly, and Wolfe himself followed them. By this time it was five

o'clock and quite light. The boats that had landed the first brigade had already rowed through the gaps

between the small transports which were landing the second brigade, and had reached the south shore, a

mile and a half away, where the third brigade was waiting for them.

Meanwhile the suddenly roused gunners of the Samos battery were firing wildly at the British vessels.
But the men-of-war fired back with better aim, and Howe's light infantry, coming up at a run from

 

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