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Patriots retreat from Battle of Trois-Rivieres", Quebec


Canadian Governor Sir Guy Carleton defeats American Patriot troops under John Sullivan, who were alreacy in retreat fro Quebec, Canada to Montreal, Canada. After General Richard Montgomery's early success in Montreal, Canada, he and Colonel Benedict Arnold attempted to take Quebec, Canada in the middle of the night between December 31, 1775 and January 1, 1776.

General Montgomery lost his life and Colonel Arnold was wounded in the action. Half of their men were also lost to death, injury or capture and Quebec, Canada remained in British control. The colonists ill conceived, pre-emptive attack on Canada ended in disaster.

Instead of winning French Canadians to the American Patriot cause, it led only to a huge loss of life among Patriot troops. After the defeat at Quebec, Canada the battered and ailing Patriots remained outside the city with the help of additional supplies and reinforcements. As the Royal Navy sailed towards Quebec, Canada in May, the American Patriots were already in retreat towards Montreal, Canada.

Governor Carleton pursued the American Patriots, who turned to fight on June 8th at Trois-Rivieres, halfway between the two cities. Although the highly trained Redcoats and German mercenaries made quick work of the colonists, killing twenty-five, wounding one hundred forty, and capturing two hundred thirty-six, Governor Carleton allowd the rest of the two thousand five hundred man force to complete their retreat to Montreal.

It was a temporary respite for the Patriots: by June 15th, Montreal too had returned to Great Britain's control. Colonel Arnold saw that the American Patriots priorities had changed and wrote to John Sullivan,

"let us quit, and secure our own country
before it is too late."



(K) (HST)






Sir Guy Carleton Governor, Canada
John Sullivan American Patriot
Richard Montgomery American General
Benedict Arnold American Colonel


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