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Title
Quebec: Plains of Abraham
Description
On the night of 13 September, Wolfe sent a diversionary force in boats far above the city while naval forces demonstrated below Quebec as Wolfe successfully led his main assault force up the cliffs along a narrow path. As morning …
Subject
Publisher
Date
1759-09-13
Scenario#
42
Scenario Description
On the night of 13 September, Wolfe sent a diversionary force in boats far above the city while naval forces demonstrated below Quebec as Wolfe successfully led his main assault force up the cliffs along a narrow path. As morning broke, Wolfe was consolidating his army on the plains before Quebec. Montcalm had been deceived by the demonstration below the city. Arriving on the plains outside Quebec, Montcalm made a decision to immediately attack Wolfe before he could increase his numbers and entrench. He ordered New Frances’s outnumbered French regular regiments to advance with his militia on Wolfe’s disciplined regulars in the classic open field battle he had hoped to avoid.
Location
Quebec, Canada
Battle Narrative
The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, also known as the Battle of Quebec, was a pivotal battle in the Seven Years' War. The battle, which began on 13 September 1759, was fought on a plateau by the British Army and Royal Navy against the French Army, just outside the walls of Quebec City on land that was originally owned by a farmer named Abraham Martin, hence the name of the battle. The battle involved fewer than 10,000 troops in total, but proved to be a deciding moment in the conflict between France and Britain over the fate of New France, influencing the later creation of Canada.
Narrative Source
Combatants
France
Great Britain

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