Overview and Summary of the Battle of Quebec
While the Siege of Boston was in progress, the Americans undertook the invasion of Canada. The Battle of Quebec took place on Sunday, December 31, 1775 at Province of Quebec. The leaders of the Continental Congress believed that the Canadians did not have the heart for a fight for the British and hopes were high that the town of Quebec might surrender without much of a fight. On August 27, General Montgomery set out for Canada with a small army to capture Montreal and then to march on to Quebec. Then, on September 13, Benedict Arnold set out for Canada in command of 1,000 volunteers including Captain Daniel Morgan. They suffered a terrible journey with freezing weather, difficult terrain, snowstorms, short supplies and various illnesses, nearly half the men perished on the journey. Benedict Arnold and his soldiers arrived first but the Quebec garrison had been warned of their coming. Benedict Arnold tried to blockade the town and waited for Richard Montgomery. Additional soldiers were sent to the Quebec garrison as Benedict Arnold was not strong enough fully to blockade the town. Montgomery and Arnold eventually joined forces in an attack on Quebec on December 30, 1775. The American forces were crushed. There were severe losses. Richard Montgomery was killed, and Benedict Arnold was badly wounded. The defeated Americans were forced to surrender.
The Importance and Significance of the Battle of Quebec
Significance of the Battle of Quebec: The significance of the conflict was that General Arnold and General Montgomery failed in invasion attempt of Canada. The Americans were forced out of Canada and it was the last attempt by the Americans to get the Canadian population on their side.