Conflict between Vaudreuil and Montcalm [Letter]
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Monseigneur, I must inform you that it is not necessary to have a general officer leading these battalion groups, as we can, without one, discipline and train them, the wars in this country are very different from those of Europe, we are obliged to proceed with great caution so that nothing is left to chance. We have few men and even the loss of a few is felt.

However courageous a captain of these troops might be, he could not know the country; he might not agree with the opinions of subalterns, he would make his own decisions or take poor advice... [...] Furthermore, I will not hide from you the fact that the Canadians and savages would not proceed with the same confidence under the orders of a commander of French troops as they would with officers of this colony.

Letter from Vaudreuil to the Minister, October 30, 1755.