Description - Bard of Wolfe's Army by Earl John Chapman
As a young grenadier serving in His Majesty's 78th Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), Sergeant James Thompson took part in the capture of Louisbourg in 1758, the battle of the Plains of Abraham at Quebec in 1759 and the battle of Sillery the following year. Later he experienced the American blockade of Quebec by Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. Thompson remained in Quebec the rest of his long life, and in his work with the engineers' department he was involved in the construction of the temporary Citadel and improvements to the fortifications. His collected anecdotes form one of the most interesting personal accounts of soldiering during the Seven Years' War, and his journal offers an authentic first-hand view of life in Quebec in the years that followed. An astute observer with an eye for a humorous story, by the time he reached old age he was sought out by governors general and royalty to recount his stories of earlier times.
In this book, editors Earl Chapman and Ian McCulloch not only present Thompson's anecdotes in one volume for the first time (including newly discovered anecdotes never before published), but they also present a wealth of explanation and historical background that helps to bring the period to life and places Thompson's experiences in context. This book is published in collaboration with the Stewart Museum, The Fort, Ile-Ste-Helene, Montreal, and the 78th Fraser Highlanders.
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Author Biography - Earl John Chapman
Earl John Chapman of Montreal is a member of the history and heritage committee of Canada's Black Watch and has written several books on the regiment's early years. He is also historian of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, a ceremonial regiment raised in 1965 by Montreal's David M Stewart Museum to perpetuate the history of the old 78th Regiment of Foot. He was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Gordon Atkinson Memorial Prize in Highland Military History, awarded annually by the Quebec Thistle Council. Ian Macpherson McCulloch, a native of Halifax, is a Canadian Forces officer who has served in a variety of regimental and staff appointments in Canada, the U.S.A. and Germany. Lt Col McCulloch is on the Directing Staff of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto and is a military historian specialising in the Seven Years' War in North America. He has published numerous articles and has written or contributed to several. He too won the Gordon Atkinson Memorial Prize in Highland Military History, in 2009.