Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775

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Macmillan, Nov 13, 2007 - History - 256 pages
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Before Benedict Arnold was branded a traitor, he was one of the colonies' most valuable leaders. In September 1775, eleven hundred soldiers boarded ships in Massachusetts, bound for the Maine wilderness. They had volunteered for a secret mission, under Arnold's command to march and paddle nearly two hundred miles and seize British Quebec. Before they reached the Canadian border, hundreds died, a hurricane destroyed canoes and equipment and many deserted. In the midst of a howling blizzard, the remaining troops attacked Quebec and almost took Canada from the British simultaneously weakening the British hand against Washington. With the enigmatic Benedict Arnold at its center, Tom Desjardin has written one of the great American adventure stories.

 

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Contents

THE FOURTEENTH COLONY
1
TO QUEBEC AND VICTORY
15
SCOUTING PARTY
28
CHALLENGING THE KENNEBEC
50
THE RIVER DEAD
66
THE KING OF TERRORS
83
THE QUÉBÉCOIS
103
QUEBEC AT LAST
119
THE FORTRESS CITY
133
SUFFERING AND WAITING
151
STORMING THE WALLS
170
AMERICAS HANNIBAL
187
NOTES
209
BIBLIOGRAPHY
227
INDEX
231
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THOMAS DESJARDIN is the Historic Site Specialist for the State of Maine. He is the author of Stand Firm, Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign and These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory.

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