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At the end of July 1759, General James Wolfe was faced with a divided council and winter drawing near.
Wolfe launched an invasion of Quebec at Beauport that ended in disaster for the British. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
Wolfe launched an invasion of Quebec at Beauport that ended in disaster for the British. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
Suddenly, without consulting his brigadiers, he ordered a different invasion, not upriver as the officers had suggested, but at Beauport, where Montcalm's army was entrenched.

On the morning of Tuesday July 31st, near the falls at Montmorency, Wolfe launched the invasion of Quebec. Four thousand British troops stormed the beaches in front of the Beauport trenches. It was the same gamble Wolfe used a year earlier at Louisbourg and won. But this time the French troops and Canadian militia were ready.

As Wolfe's men landed on shore and moved up the heavily fortified hill, they were picked off at will, unable even to return fire. At the end of the battle there were 440 English dead or wounded compared to 70 for the French.
The injured British were taken to the General Hospital, under the care of Marie de la Visitation. Wolfe sent a letter to the French General, the Marquis de Montcalm, offering to pay for the care of his men but Montcalm gallantly refused to take any payment. Observing the British disaster from the heights, the Governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, was jubilant.

"I have no more anxiety about Quebec. M. Wolfe, I can assure you, will make no progress... Deserters say that he will try us again in a few days. That is what we want; he'll find somebody to talk to."

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