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Colonel Arnold. : Who Commanded the Provincial Troops sent against Quebec, through the Wilderness of Canada and was Wounded in Storming that City, under General Montgomery.

  • ARTIST: Johann Martin Will

  • PUBLISHER: Publish'd as the act directs 20 March 1776 by Thos Hart London.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint,

    DATE: 1776.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 12 3/4 x 9 1/4" (32.5 x 23.6 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: A rare mezzotint engraving of one of the greatest commanders and traitors of the Revolutionary War..<br><br> The image shows Arnold with a view of Quebec in the distance.<br><br> Benedict Arnold joined the Connecticut militia in 1775 and assisted with the siege of Boston following the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Promoted to Colonel, Ethan Allen and a small force captured Fort Ticonderoga, and soon after Fort Crown Point and raided Fort Saint-Jean seizing military supplies and cannons. <br><br> The Second Continental Congress authorized an invasion of Quebec. Two forces were formed, one under General Richard Montgomery, who marched north from Fort Ticonderoga, and another force, under Arnold. Arnold travelled through the wilderness of Maine. In the end, the battle was lost with Montgomery killed and Arnold’s leg being shattered. <br><br> Arnold served with distinction but was passed over for promotions several times. He was also investigated by the Continental Congress during his service and faced various accusations from opponents. Frustrated by the opposition he encountered; Arnold eventually started working for the British even while continuing to serve in the Continental Army. Ultimately, his betrayal was discovered and Arnold fled to New York City, accepting a commission in the British Army. Arnold's name has become synonymous with treasonous behavior and is one of the most infamous figures in American history. <br><br>

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Framed in a period black & gold molding, backed with acid free board and glazed with UV protective museum glass.

  • CONDITION: Good condition, strong impression, unusually wide margins. Rare.

  • REFERENCE: C.S. 1714 #3 only state. Russell p. 449 #3 states that there is a second state with Will's name added and cites 2 copies.

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