The chief organizer of revolt in St Eustache and the surrounding country was a mysterious adventurer named Amury Girod, who arrived in St Eustache toward the end of November with credentials, it would seem from Papineau, assigning to him the task of superintending the Patriote cause in the north. About Girod very little is known.
Near St Eustache the Swiss adventurer and leader of the rebels, Amury Girod, took possession of a farm belonging to a loyal Scottish family. His men cut down the trees about the farm-house, fortified it rudely, and lived in it at rack and manger until Colborne came to St Eustache. These were typical cases of loss, and surely, when order was again restored, they were cases for compensation.
It was an impromptu movement, based upon a sudden resolution rather than on a well-reasoned plan of action. Most of the leaders Wolfred Nelson, Thomas Storrow Brown, Robert Bouchette, and Amury Girod were strangers to the men under their command; and none of them, save Chénier, seemed disposed to fight to the last ditch.