Wolfe and North America

By: Whitton, F.E.

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First edition. No jacket, spine toned, front hinge starting, ink name redacted. 1929 Hard Cover. 420 pp. CONTENTS: I. France and England in North America Up to the Time of Wolfe's Birth. II. The Early Military Career of James Wolfe. III. The Situation in North America After the Treaty of Utrecht. The Fall of Louisburg in 1745 and the French Efforts to Recapture It. IV. Wolfe's Early Manhood. The Beginning of the Final Struggle for North America in 1755. V. The Seven Years' War. French Successes in North America. The Turn of the Tide. Siedge and Capture of Louisburg in 1758. VI. The Capture of Quebec and the Death of Wolfe. VII. The Surrender of Canada to the British Crown. Illustrations. Maps. Major General James Wolfe (2 January 1727 13 September 1759) was a British Army Officer, known for his training reforms but remembered chiefly for his victory over the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec in 1759. The son of a distinguished general, Edward Wolfe, he had received his first commission at a young age and saw extensive service in Europe where he fought during the War of the Austrian Succession. His service in Flanders and in Scotland, where he took part in the suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion, brought him to the attention of his superiors. The advancement of his career was halted by the Peace Treaty of 1748 and he spent much of the next eight years on garrison duty in the Scottish Highlands. Already a brigade major at the age of eighteen, he was a lieutenant-colonel by the age of twenty-three. The outbreak of the Seven Years' War in 1756 offered Wolfe fresh opportunities for advancement. His part in the aborted raid on Rochefort in 1757 led William Pitt to appoint him second-in-command of an expedition to capture the Fortress of Louisbourg. Following the success of the Siege of Louisbourg he was made commander of a force which sailed up the Saint Lawrence River to capture Quebec City. After a long siege Wolfe defeated a French force under Marquis de Montcalm allowing British forces to capture the city. Wolfe was killed at the height of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham due to injuries from three musket balls. Wolfe's part in the taking of Quebec in 1759 earned him posthumous fame, and he became an icon of Britain's victory in the Seven Years War and subsequent territorial expansion. He was depicted in the painting The Death of General Wolfe, which became famous around the world. Wolfe was posthumously dubbed The Hero of Quebec, The Conqueror of Quebec, and also The Conqueror of Canada, since the capture of Quebec led directly to the capture of Montreal, ending French control of the country.

Title: Wolfe and North America

Author: Whitton, F.E.

Categories: Military, Modern First Editions, Military, French,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Ernest Benn Limited: 1929

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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