The Revolt of Pontiac and the American Invasion
The Americans Lay Siege to Quebec
Winter Takes a Hand
Caption: American rebel soldier during the siege of Quebec, 1775-1776
For the attackers, on the other hand, life became increasingly difficult as the temperature dropped. They had nothing but tents and huts, which were ineffective against the icy winds; they had also failed to gather enough firewood, and they sometimes lacked rations. Their uniforms barely protected them against the rigours of the climate. And Montgomery did not have any true siege artillery, which meant that he could not cause the defenders much harm. In short, the only solution was to attack the city! There was another reason for this decision as well: the Americans were convinced that many Canadian militiamen secretly supported their cause and that they would lay down their arms as soon as Lower Town had been taken.
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