Essay on Major-General James Wolfe

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The history books should be re-written as to include Major-General James Wolfe as one of the founding fathers of our country. During the Seven years War he served as part of the British military and was the commander-in-chief of the British, American, and Highlander forces at the Battle of Quebec. His plan of attack up the Anse du Foulon to the Plains of Abraham was not only incredibly daring, but highly effective as it was this decisive move that allowed Wolfe’s army to capture the city of Quebec. He caught the French forces completely off guard and was therefore able to even out the numbers to almost completely even fighting forces. The question that lies ahead of me in this paper is to answer a two part question to the best of my …show more content…
In response Wolfe rebutted with the statement, “My commission is at your Highness’s disposal, but I can never consent to be an executioner” (Hart, 216). In this act, Wolfe was able to show that one person can be enthralled with war without being consumed by it entirely.
     In previous courses that I have partaken in it had always been told that Captain James Wolfe was a “mad-man at the end of his wit,” and that his attack at the Anse du Foulon was a “last ditch effort for Wolfe to die with honor on the field of battle.” Indeed James Wolfe had his share of problems. Before being able to rejoice in being promoted to captain of the 4th Foot, he was passed the grave news that his brother Edward, one year his inferior, had died from the inclement conditions at Flanders. However, Wolfe was one of the lucky people who understood death as part of war. Wolfe’s main problem was the way that the military was handled by those in charge. Speaking on the refusal for his leave to Metz to study in artillery, he sent a private letter in which he described his unhappiness with their (his superiors) decision; “They oppose the only method that can be fallen upon to preserve any knowledge of military affairs in the army.” “This is a dreadful mistake and, if obstinately pursued, will disgust a number of good intentions, and preserve that prevailing ignorance of military affairs that has been so fatal to us in all our undertakings …”
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