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fallen trees ; tripped by briers, stumbling over logs, tearing through boughs, shouting, yelling, cursing, and pelted all the time with bullets that killed them by scores, stretched them on the ground, or hung them on jagged branches in strange attitudes of death. . . . The French fought with all the intrepid gaiety of their nation, and shouts of Vive le Rai ! and Vive noire General! mingled with the din of musketry. Montcalm with his coat off, for the day was hot, directed the defence of the centre, and repaired to any part of the line where the danger for the time seemed greatest. He is warm in praise of his enemy, and declares that between one and seven o'clock they attacked him six successive times."

The splendid gallantry of provincials and regulars alike is indescribable, and the noted commander of the defence had all he could do on more than one occasion to save the barricade from their furious onslaughts. The Black Watch fought like demons. " Even those who were mortally wounded," wrote one of their lieutenants, " cried to their companions not to lose a thought on them, but to follow their officers and mind the honour of their country." For eight consecutive hours they stormed the barricade, and the


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