Britain’s dominance of Canada came following Wolfe’s victory over the French at Quebec in 1759.
The interesting thing for ammo buffs is the fact that as the British troops, 2500 of them faced the larger French Army on the plains of Abraham just North of the St Lawrence river their first volley cut the French line to pieces, a second volley finished off what was left and the French fled a following bayonet charge.
The reason for the sucess, apart from Wolfe’s manic insistance on drill was that he had ordered all muskets (Brown Bess) to be double balled, thus effectively doubling the effectiveness of the fire.
Since this technique had proved so effective why do you suppose it wasn’t adopted as the normal practice for British Troops and others? Totally ignored at Waterloo for example. Again fought with Brown Bess muskets some 50 years later. And many other conflicts in between. As far as I can acertain it was a total one off.
Wolfe was deemed to be mad, not a bad description. Was his “trick” seen as ungentlemanly? Wolfe died on the battle field following his insistance on facing the enemy throughout. He was wounded three times, one wound to the chest proved fatal although another wound to the groin would also have probably killed him eventually.