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The more I read about the American Revolution, the more I'm impressed by British general Sir Guy Carleton. He strikes me as one of the most reliable yet underrated individuals of the war

(For the love of Jehovah, spare me your airport jokes)
The dude defends Quebec City with a scrappy little force of foot, Royal Marines, sailors, & militia, helped in part because he helped take the place back in the F&I War. Knew where every colonial battery would be posted because he set up Wolfe's artillery back then
And by the way, he's responsible for the Quebec Act, which was one of the causes of the war - an act remarkably well-thought out at winning over the residents of Quebec to the side of the British crown. Very able administrator and a decent field general
Ends up as the commander in chief of British field armies in North America at the end of the Revolution, responsible for the negotiations about prisoners - including the former slaves who fought for the British in return for freedom, which Washington was exceedingly bitter about
Mainly because Washington viewed them as property and not people which MAYBE is a bit of a foreshadowing for a future conflict in US history, dunno. But Carleton refused to be swayed on the issue.
Carleton was such a decent person that when the prisoners he took at the Battle of Valcour Island returned to Fort Ticonderoga, they were so effusive in their praise of him that they were sent away lest other members of the garrison get ideas about deserting
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