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While a desolate Quebec with its few inhabitants and small British garrison limped through the winter of 1760, Montreal was a place of renewal.
French troops and Canadian militia prepared during the winter of 1759-60 to recapture Quebec. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
French troops and Canadian militia prepared during the winter of 1759-60 to recapture Quebec. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
The defeated French army had not given up and François-Gaston de Lévis, the officer who had replaced General Montcalm, planned to recapture Quebec.

Lévis had 7,000 troops and sent word to France to send 4,000 more. "If the king decides not to give us any help, I must warn you that you will no longer be able to count on us at the end of May. We will be obliged to surrender out of misery since we are lacking everything."

Unlike Montcalm, Lévis did not disdain the fighting ability of the Canadians. He trained them to fight in harmony with the French troops, in order to avoid the disastrous pairing on the Plains of Abraham. Jean-Baptiste Duprat, veteran of the battle on the Plains, would make the Canadians a vital part of the renewed army.
Franois-Gaston de Lvis replaced General Montcalm who was mortally wounded at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. (As portrayed by Normand Bissonnette in Canada: A People's History)
Franois-Gaston de Lvis replaced General Montcalm who was mortally wounded at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. (As portrayed by Normand Bissonnette in Canada: A People's History)

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