"NOW THE KING CAN SLEEP"
With the capture of Quebec, General Murray assumes command of the city. A bitter winter of hunger and cold and sickness and overhanging threat culminates in the spring with Lévis' approach. Murray's daring assault brings on the sanguinary battle of Ste. Foy, which leaves the English defeated and Lévis uncertain of the wisdom of attack. The siege and relief. The retirement of Lévis. Amherst's three-pronged attack on Montreal. It's surrender. The Peace of Paris, the end of the French empire of the West.
Quebec, the gray city on the hill, had been challenged many times. It was captured at last. The cost of that accomplishment had been heavy. Two great men had laid down their lives there, one in victory, one in defeat. To most people it might seem that this was the logical end, the time for the actors to leave this stage.
It was not quite the end, however. On that date, September 19, 1759, General James Murray was writing in his diary, "This day I marched into town, or more properly the ruins of it, with the battalions of Amherst, Bragg and Otway." The city that had been won at so great cost had now to be held in the face of immeasurably stronger forces determined to get it back. It was not an easy task Murray had assumed, though happily it was to his liking. Admirals Saunders and Holmes were sailing away, and with them the other brigadiers who had followed Wolfe to Quebec. For help Murray could only turn to the distant Champlain corridor where the constitutionally tardy General Amherst, commanding all the forces in North America, was maturing his plans.
Opposing him, Murray knew, were all Montcalm's able brigadiers, Lévis, Bourlamaque, Bougainville, men whose affec