After the fall of Quebec, General Amherst spent the winter at Oswego, New York, gathering an army of 10,000 soldiers and 1,350 Native Indians. He also had another force at Crown Point, Lake Champlain, ready to march on Montreal from the south. Brigadier Murray’s regulars at Quebec were to come up the river as soon as Lévis had been driven off (see my April 28 post: Like the “Three Stars” of Hockey).
When the arrival of the British fleet forced General Lévis to lift the siege at Quebec, he led his troops to Montreal as quickly as he could, leaving part of the force at Jacques-Cartier to try to block Murray coming up. He stationed another contingent at Ile-aux-Noix to check the British coming from Crown Point and a third at Fort Lévis below Fort Frontenac (now Kingston) to delay Amherst coming down the river.
Murray easily side-stepped…
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