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This book, written by the American military historian John Codman, provides a detailed look Benedict Arnold’s famous expedition to Quebec during the early parts of the Revolutionary War. A table of contents is included.
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CHAPTER V THE MARCH INTO THE WILDERNESS The Twelve Mile carrying place embraced in reality four distinct portages: The first lay W. N. W., three and one-quarter miles, along the side of a high hill, through the forest. It was then marked by a well-worn Indian trail and led to a pond, now called Big Carry pond, which is one mile wide as the army crossed it, though the trail must have borne further to the north than the existing one, which now reaches the pond at Washburn's Sporting Camp. At this pond Arnold relates in his journal "the people caught a prodigious number of very fine salmon trout, nothing being more common than a man taking eight or ten dozen in an hour's time, which generally weighed half a pound apiece." There was next a carry of half a mile and twenty rods, almost due west, to Little Cany pond, a low-lying and marshy lake, from the extremity of which a long, narrow and swampy creek, overhung with gray moss festooned from dead and dying spruce and cedar trees, reached out towards the next carry. Having passed this pond, the soldiers again unloaded their bateaux and crossed a third portage, nearly a mile and a half in length, bearing W. by N., to a much larger pond, now called West pond. Theirlanding place on the farther side, if local tradition is to be credited, was the little bay, still called "Arnold's Cove." This pond was nine miles in circumference and surrounded with cedar timber. The Indian trail now ascended sharply from the water, and the bateaux had again to be lifted on the shoulders of the men and borne over the northeastern spur of a snow-crowned mountain, which flung its gloomy shadow half across the lake. The distance across this carry was two andthree-quarter miles and sixty rods, the course W. N. W. At the end of this last and most difficult...