Topic: Military History

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Marie Paul Yves Roch Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

The portrait is of the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette, depicted wearing the clothing of a French nobleman, arrived in America in 1777. He soon became a trusted confidant...
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Portrait and Uniform of an American General

This image depicts the uniforms of a General and a Rifle-man in the Continental Army. Commander-in-Chief George Washington insisted that his army be outfitted in a professional manner...
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Rebellion of the Slaves in Santo Domingo

This print shows the 1791 slave insurrection in the French colony of Saint-Domingue which sparked the Haitian Revolution. By 1804, Haiti was an independent republic–a black republic–in which...
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Sentiments of an American Woman

After learning about the Continental Army’s supply shortage, the women of Philadelphia, led by Esther Reed, wife of the Pennsylvania governor, organized a fund drive. This broadside aimed...
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Soldiers in Uniform

This image, produced in France, depicts the uniforms of various troops who fought on the American side during the American Revolution. The image includes a representation of a...
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Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown

This image, currently on display in the U.S. Capitol, depicts the surrender of the British after the battle of Yorktown in October 1781. Ironically, the defeated British general,...
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Taking of the Bastille

On July 14, 1789, a revolutionary crowd stormed the Bastille, as this contemporary painting shows. Both a fortress and a prison, the Bastille housed valuable gunpowder (which the...
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Testimony of John Parker on the Battle of Lexington

In this document, John Parker, Captain of the Lexington militia, recounts what happened on the morning of April 19, 1775. Parker claims that he had instructed his men...
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The Battle of Lexington

This image portrays the clash between British Regulars and American militiamen. On the morning of April 19, 1775, British troops marched toward Concord to destroy an ammunition dump....
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The Defeat of General Braddock in North America

This image depicts the defeat of the British General Edward Braddock’s troops in 1754 at the beginning of the French and Indian War. Contrary to what the image...