The French leader said he would hold out.
The British then set up two batteries and started firing.
“Threw a great many shells last night into the Fort,” Amherst wrote in his journal on the 18th.
The French didn’t roll over.
Wrote Perry: “The enemy kept up a constant fire upon us, and threw balls and shells on the hill, but did not make very great slaughter, though some of our men were killed. While a squad of regulars sat eating their breakfast in a tent, a cannon ball passed through it, and killed one man instantly; and another by the name of David Foster ... was struck on the temple bone by a grape shot, which passed under his forehead, rolled his eyes out, and left a little piece of the lower part of his nose standing; and what I thought was very remarkable, he lived to get home.”
The French finally capitulated on Sept. 18.
Martin says the exchanges between both leaders show a mutual respect for each other and an understanding there was no point in spilling more blood.
“It’s truly surrender with honour,” he says.