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David Wooster, Esqr. : Commander in Chief of the Provincial Army against Quebec.


  • PUBLISHER: London. Published as the Act directs 26 March 1776, by Thos. Hart.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint engraving,

    DATE: 1776.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 12 9/16 x 9 3/4" (32.0 x 24.9 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: David Wooster, 1711-1777, was a Brigadier General in the Connecticut militia during the Revolutionary War. This print identifies Wooster as Commander in Chief, a position he held for only a short time. In April 1777 the British launched an expedition to raid a Continental Army supply depot in Danbury. The raid was met with little initial opposition and was successful. Upon their withdrawal, they were attacked by a quickly assembled force under the command of Wooster and Benedict Arnold. During the attack Arnold's horse was shot out from under him and Wooster was wounded and died a few days later. It is noted that Wooster's finals words were "I am dying, but with a strong hope and persuasion that my country will gain her independence." <br><br>

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Provenance of this impression is Zachary T. Hollingsworth, who upon his death in 1925, bequeathed it to his son, Valentine, who upon his death in 1942, bequeathed it to his son, Mark Hollingsworth. This print was acquired from the wife of Mark Hollingsworth.

  • CONDITION: Good condition, save for hairline margins. New margins added. Small area of paper loss in lower right corner.

  • REFERENCE: Cresswell, D. "American Revolution in Drawings and Prints" #235.

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