Wolfe, James, 1727-1759

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Birth 1727-01-02
Death 1759-09-13

Biographical notes:

James Wolfe (1727-1759), a British army officer. His victory at the battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759, Sept. 13) and his death on the battlefield made him a hero in Great Britain.

From the description of Collection of letters, autographs, and drawings related to James Wolfe, 1740-1859. , (bulk ) (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 552281903

British general.

From the description of ALS and reply : to Major Walter Wolfe, 1758. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122610793

Wolfe was a British major-general.

From the description of Papers relating to the British conquest of Canada, 1759-1773. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612372669

From the guide to the Papers relating to the British conquest of Canada, 1759-1773., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

British general. In 1757 he was quartermaster general of the ineffective expedition against Rochefort, France.

From the description of ALS : Newport, Eng., to Henrietta Thompson Wolfe, 1757 Aug. 10. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122610779

James Wolfe (1727-1759) of Westerham, Kent, England, was born into a military family. In 1741 he accepted a commission as a marine lieutenant, was appointed a brigade-major in 1745, and saw action at the Battle of Culloden and in the siege of Louisbourg in 1758. Impressed with Wolfe's military abilities, William Pitt elevated him to the position of Major-General in America with orders to attempt the seizure of Quebec from the French in 1759. General Wolfe's success in this venture led to the expulsion of the French from Canada. Immediately following the victory, Wolfe died of wounds received in battle.

From the description of Journal, 1759. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207182001

British army officer.

From the description of Note and journal of James Wolfe, 1759. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71067461


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  • Québec Campaign, Québec, 1759
  • Rochefort Expedition, 1757
  • Quebec Campaign, 1759
  • Plains of Abraham, Battle of the, Québec, 1759--Personal narratives
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Seven Years' War, 1756-1763--Campaigns--Great Britain
  • Tactics
  • Military hygiene
  • Seven Years' War, 1756-1763
  • Autographs--Collections
  • Indians of North America--Wars--1750-1815


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  • Army officers, British


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  • Québec (Province) (as recorded)
  • North America (as recorded)
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  • United States (as recorded)
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