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James Wolfe

Wolfe, James (1727–59), British general whose capture of Quebec was the decisive victory in the last of the French and Indian Wars. He fought in the War of the Austrian Succession (1742–45) and at Falkirk and Culloden Moor in the Jacobite rebellion (1745–46). Second in command under Amherst (1758), he distinguished himself in the capture of Louisburg and was chosen to lead the attack on Quebec. By brilliant strategy, aided by good luck, he routed the French but died during the battle.

See also: Quebec, Battle of; French and Indian Wars.

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