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Quebec 1775: The American invasion of Canada (Campaign) Paperback – October 22, 2003

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  • Series: Campaign (Book 128)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (October 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184176681X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841766812
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on January 11, 2004
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The American invasion of Canada in 1775 rarely gets much coverage in American history for a variety of reasons. Americans like to think of their forefathers defending home and hearth against British tyranny, spearheaded by the dreaded Redcoats, not invading a territory that did not want to be part of their new nation. The fact that the campaign also ended in ignominious failure further discourages attention. However perhaps the greatest impediment to American study of this important but neglected campaign is the fact that the hero of the hour was none other than Benedict Arnold, the most despised figure in American history. Brendan Morrissey, the British PR consultant who did three earlier volumes for Osprey on the American Revolution, brings the Quebec campaign into sharp focus in Osprey's Campaign #128. In particular, this volume on Quebec 1775 would also make a useful campaign study for military officers.
Quebec 1775 begins with a 5-page introduction that provides background on the Quebec Act, a four-page section on the geography, people and political issues and a campaign chronology. The sections on opposing commanders and opposing forces are decent, but Morrissey provides no order of battle for either side (in particular, he omits British ground and naval forces in Nova Scotia). The campaign narrative itself is 60 pages long, and includes separate sections on the initial battles, Arnold's journey across the Maine wilderness, the American retreat from Canada and the Battle of Valcour Island. The author also provides an interesting section on the battlefields today and an annotated bibliography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on December 29, 2008
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Quebec 1775 does an excellent job as it explores a little known event in the American Revolution, the American invasion of Canada.

Following the fall of Ticonderoga to the Green Mountain Boys in the summer of 1775, Congress authorized a two pronged assault to push through the northern wilderness and seize the main cities of Quebec.

What followed was a campaign of guile, bluff, hard fighting and treacherous weather that resulted in the expulsion of the colonials from Canada and the resulting counter attack that would bring England to grief at Saratoga.

Morrissey not only details the logistics and combat problems which faced the leaders but also the cultural differences between Quebec and the other British colonies in North America, differences which the American Congress failed to understand and which the British used to full effect.

The book follows the usual format of Osprey publications and for once there are enough maps to follow the action easily. If anything is lacking, it is the usual details on the opposing commanders. The book lists three on each side but as the story progresses some of these drop by the wayside and the reader is left wondering who are the more aggressive Generals who's names get mentioned more and more.

Still that is my only complaint of this book which does excellent work in exploring a little known side of the American Revolution. Since the attack failed, some may see it as a needless sideshow of the war, but since the road that started in Quebec in 1775 ended at Saratoga in 1777 then the knowledge of the earlier campaign helps illuminate that more fateful campaign which followed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David M. Dougherty VINE VOICE on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The well-known British historian Brendan Morrissey throws his other books into question with this poor effort.

Several of the chapters are reasonably informative, if only in a superficial way and extensively illustrated, but in many respects the book seems to be intended for young readers, with fanciful illustrations and overly neat situations.

Then come the errors which are legion. For example, James Wilkerson was not on Arnold's expedition through Maine and only joined Arnold in 1776 in the group of reinforcements sent by General Schuyler after the battle was over. Another would be the illustration that shows Arnold wounded in front of a barricade (apparently the first one), but fails to show that it was still dark and the men were in a blinding snowstowm. Visibility was extremely limited. Nor were the soldiers so well-dressed as in the illustration, and the description of the situation is at odds with all other references. Another is that Hendricks did not fall wounded -- he took a musket ball in the chest and fell dead. Etc., etc.

Morrissey lists reasonable references, but one wonders if he read them. For some reason he considers Smith, "Arnold's March From Cambridge To Quebec" "... no longer the most accurate...". There is no indication as to which he considers the most accurate, but since he believes Wilkerson was on the march, I must submit that Morrissey went astray. Possibly his dependence on British sources is the cause.

The only other work that gives Wilkerson on Arnold's expedition that I have found is Mark Boatner's "Encyclopedia of the American Revolution." Perhaps Morrissey obtained his information there rather than searching the relatively few primary sources of the campaign.

In short, this is a pretty book with numerous maps and illustrations, but good production does not outweigh poor content and false information.
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