A Bard of Wolfe's Army: James Thompson, Gentleman Volunteer, 1733-1830

Overview

As a young grenadier in His Majesty's 78th Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), Sergeant James Thompson took part in the capture of Louisbourg, 1758, the battle of the Plains of Abraham at Quebec, 1759, and the battle of Sillery, 1760. Later he experienced the American blockade of Quebec by Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. Thompson remained in Quebec the rest of his life. His anecdotes form one of the most interesting personal accounts of soldiering during the ...
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Overview

As a young grenadier in His Majesty's 78th Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), Sergeant James Thompson took part in the capture of Louisbourg, 1758, the battle of the Plains of Abraham at Quebec, 1759, and the battle of Sillery, 1760. Later he experienced the American blockade of Quebec by Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. Thompson remained in Quebec the rest of his life. His anecdotes form one of the most interesting personal accounts of soldiering during the Seven Years' War, and his journal offers a first-hand view of life in Quebec in the years that followed. An astute observer with an eye for a humorous story, by the time he reached old age he was sought out by governors general and royalty to recount his stories of earlier times.Editors Earl Chapman and Ian McCulloch not only present Thompson's anecdotes in one volume for the first time, but they also present a wealth of explanation and historical background to bring the period to life and place Thompson's experiences in context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896941622
  • Publisher: Robin Brass Studio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl Chapman is historian of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, a ceremonial regiment perpetuating the history of the old 78th Regiment of Foot. He won the 2008 Gordon Atkinson Memorial Prize in Highland Military History. Ian McCulloch is a Canadian Forces officer and historian specializing in the Seven Years' War. He too won the Gordon Atkinson Prize, in 2009.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Historian, Pre-Confederation, Canadian War Museum Dr. D. Peter MacLeod xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations and Note on Typography xiv

Introduction xv

Part 1 A "Brother Soldier..." James Thompson and the Wolfe Legacy 3

A Colour Album 102

Part 2 "Whack Went the Broadsword!" The Reminiscences of Sergeant James Thompson 111

1 Raised for Overseas Service, 1757 111

2 Winter Quarters, Connecticut Colony, 1757-58 125

3 The Siege and Capture of Louisbourg, 1758 133

4 Winter Quarters, New York Colony, 1758-59 164

5 The Siege and Battle for Quebec, 1759 171

6 Winter Garrison and the Battle of Sillery, 1759-60 190

7 The Reduction of Montreal, 1760 210

8 Garrisoning the St. Lawrence, 1760-63 220

9 The American Revolution and Siege of Quebec, 1775-76 230

10 Miscellanea 240

Part 3 Biographical Notes 253

Appendices

Appendix A Anecdote 38 - Memorandum of the Most Arduous Services Performed James Thompson ... 329

Appendix B List of Anecdotes 337

Bibliography 340

Index 348

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