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Just months before his heroics on Lake Champlain slowing the advance of the British in the fall of 1776, Benedict Arnold helped lead an attack on Quebec City. In fact, some of the first critical battles of the Revolutionary War were actually waged, north of the border. The Continental Army invaded Canada seizing Montreal and then setting their sights on Quebec City. But their fate took a turn when their commander, General Richard Montgomery was killed in a New Year’s Eve raid on the city. The Patriots were forced to retreat. Low on supplies, and sickened by small pox, hundreds never made it back, and are buried along the banks of the Richelieu River. They were long forgotten until local historians, the Saranac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, placed a monument on the site. And this spring, a newly restored plaque has been added, and the memorial rededicated to General John Thomas and the nearly 200 American Revolutionaries buried on the grounds of Fort Chambly in Chambly, Quebec.