Gallant exploits against long odds helped the American militia capture the famous French citadel.
Fortified towns are hard nuts to crack, and your teeth are not accustomed to it. Taking strong places is a particular trade, which you have taken up without serving an apprenticeship to it. Armies and veterans need skillful engineers to direct them in their attack. Have you any? But some seem to think that forts are as easy taken as snuff.
--Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his brother in Boston before the siege of Louisbourg.
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