It is with a bit of embarrasment and dismay that I discovered that Maison Laberge was most likely burned to the ground in the fall of 1759 by a small contingent of colonial American Rangers who accompanied General Wolfe and his forces.Wolfe's tactic was to ruthlessly pillage and burn everything in his way.He used the small contingent (one source says 4 companies) of American Rangers to do his dirty work.They were also referred to as the King's American Rangers.They were, of course, loyalists prior to the American Revolution fighting on the side of the British.
The following a links and excerpts from some of the articles which I found.
"The conquest of Québec is more than a single battle, it is the result of a long siege that lasts from June 26th to the 18th of September 1759. During this interminable confrontation, Montcalm adopts a purely defensive strategy and chooses to take no initiative against the enemy. Wolfe attempts twice to take the city before September, but his troops are defeated and repelled on both occasions. Despite these failures, the English surround the city with their boats and bombard it day and night for weeks, reducing theonce proud capital of New France to a desolate pile of smoking ruins. We estimate that about 15 000 bombs were thrown on Québec that summer and the fate of the surrounding villages is also far from lenient. Farms are pillaged and burnt, villages are ravaged and the inhabitants who did not join the militia (women, children, elderlies and priests for the most part) are incarcerated in prisoner camps. The Canadien inhabitants are the ones who suffer the most from this nightmarish British invasion. The British troops are accompanied by the "Rangers", American militiamen so cruel and pitiless that some British officers loathe to send them on missions. One such officer describes the Rangers as "mangy, cowardly and contemptible dogs." These Rangers commit many atrocities during the war; pillaging, murdering and scalping the often defenseless inhabitants. But it is important to understand that the Rangers were obeying British orders in applying a scorched earth strategy, just like British regulars.
On September 20th , John Knox writes in his journal: "The ravage is inconceivable. The houses that have not collapsed are riddled with holes. The parts of the city that are less damaged are the streets that lead to the Saint-Louis, Saint-Jean and Du Palais gates; they nevertheless bear the marks of the general destruction." In the countryside around Québec, things are no better. All of the Côte-de-Beaupré and Orléans island have been sacked, the soldiers have taken the stocks and burnt the houses and farm buildings. Entire families who have lost their homes and their livelihoods and whom have been separated from their men come to seek refuge in Québec, which only makes the rampant misery even worse. Only the churches, mostly spared by the British army, still stand in the devastated countryside. On the other side of the river, villages have suffered through the same hell. The 19 parishes all the way to Kamouraska have paid dearly for their resistance to the invaders. Not a single village has been spared, most will have to be entirely rebuilt.
Throughout August American ranger forces destroyed area farmhouses and crops, hoping to harm French morale. This had little effect other than to give the Americans some satisfaction for years of similar treatment from French-allied Indian tribes.
For the remainder of the summer, Wolfe's focus changed, possibly due to frustration with Montcalm's tactics. His troops, along with American Rangers, attacked and destroyed small French settlements along the St. Lawrence. An estimated 1,400 stone houses and manors were destroyed, and many colonists killed. The effort was likely an attempt to force Montcalm's army out of its fortifications, but was unsuccessful.