CHAPTER 1: The Conquest
The British Reach Montreal
Amherst's army was approaching Montreal by boat when, following an inaccurate estimate of the strength of the rapids at Cascades, 55 boats were carried away, drowning 84 men. The rest of the large army was nevertheless able to reach Lac Saint-Louis without difficulty, and they disembarked on September 6 in Lachine, on Montreal Island, to the west of the city. The next day, Vaudreuil and Lévis withdrew the French troops to within the Montreal city walls, while Murray's soldiers arrived to the east of the city and those of de Haviland appeared on the south shore of the St. Lawrence. The three British armies finally succeeded in joining up, and approximately 18,000 Anglo-American soldiers surrounded Montreal.