Louisbourg represented a major threat to Anglo-American plans to invade Canada. Bypassing it would leave an immensely powerful enemy base astride the Anglo-American lines of communication – Louisbourg had to be taken. Faced with strong beach defences and rough weather, it took six days to land the troops, and it was only due to a stroke of daring on the part of a young brigadier named James Wolfe, who managed to turn the French beach position, that this was achieved. The story is largely based on firsthand accounts from the journals of several participants, including French Governor Drucour's, whose excellent account has never been published.
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Table of Contents
Origins of the Campaign/Opposing Plans/Naval Operations 1756-57/Opposing Commanders (British & French)/Opposing Armies (British & French)/The Siege of 1758/Naval and Military Preparations/The siege day-by-day/The Landing/Taking Lighthouse Point/Bombardments Begins/Wolfe takes Green Hill/the French Sally/Artillery Duels/French Ships Damaged/Breaches and Fires/The Surrender and Cambis' Regiment "Mutiny"/Aftermath/The Fortress of Louisbourg Today/Chronology/Index