Douglas & McIntyre
Backs to the Wall

Book details:

September 2016
ISBN 978-1-77162-127-4
Hardcover
6" x 9"
272 pages
History / Canada / Pre-confederation (to 1867) HIS006010
$34.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Backs to the Wall

The Battle of Sainte-Foy and the Conquest of Canada

In this much-anticipated sequel to Northern Armageddon, D. Peter MacLeod pens the first detailed account of one of the most dramatic events in Canadian military history.


The Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 and the subsequent capitulation of Quebec set the stage for an equally significant French-British engagement in the struggle for northeastern North America, the Battle of Sainte-Foy.

In the spring of 1760, after having suffered a brutal winter, Quebec garrison commander James Murray's troops were vulnerable and reduced to an army of skeletal invalids due to malnutrition and scurvy. Trapped in hostile territory and lacking confidence in the fortifications of Quebec, Murray planned to confront French attackers outside the walls. Instead of waiting at Montreal for the British to attack, Montcalm's successor, François-Gaston de Lévis, returned to the plains for a rematch accompanied by every combatant available--French regulars, Canadian militia and First Peoples warriors. The ensuing Battle of Sainte-Foy was less a battle for territory than a struggle for survival between two equally desperate adversaries. If the British lost the battle, they would lose Quebec. If the French lost the battle, they would very likely lose Canada--both the French and the British had their backs to the wall.

MacLeod presents this historical event in riveting detail, from the preparation and day-by-day actions during the engagement to the compelling siege of Quebec by land and ship. Backs to the Wall is an accessible and engaging account of an important episode in Canadian history.

About the Author

D. Peter MacLeod

D. Peter MacLeod

D. Peter MacLeod is the pre-Confederation historian at the Canadian War Museum, where he curated the permanent exhibits on the Seven Years' War and The ...

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