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Paxton Riflemen

  • U.S. 22, 5.7 miles NE of Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA

This group of skilled riflemen from Paxton Township marched to Quebec, Canada to serve there with Richard Montgomery.  Montgomery and Benedict Arnold had amassed a combined fighting force of 1200 American and Canadian militia, intending to attack Quebec.  Their intention was to capture Quebec, drive the British military out of the province, and garner French Canadian support  for the American Revolution. The attack, however, was unsuccessful and resulted in Montgomery’s death, Arnold’s wounding, and the capture of more than 400 of their soldiers.