This Day in History: 1760-04-28

Battle of Ste Foy. Weak, emaciated and scorbutic after a particularly harsh Canadian winter, 47th Foot (later 1st Loyals) stands in the line as the French attempt to re-take Quebec city. In one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on Canadian soil, the impetuous General Murray, who took over after the death of James Wolfe, manages to turn initial victory into defeat. The 47th, with the rest of the army, are forced to retreat behind the city defences, where they successfully withstand a weak French siege. The 47th lose their Commanding Officer, a sergeant, and 10 men killed, but they succeed in carrying their wounded from the field, which is fortunate because those left behind by the British are promptly killed and scalped by France’s Indian allies.