Covering the Retreat from Breed's Hill, June 17th, 1775, (painting)
Carter, D. M.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 30
"When the Americans left the redoubt, the dust arising from the dry, loose dirt, was so great that the outlet was hardly visible. Some ran over the top, and others hewed their way through the enemy's ranks. Prescott, among the last to leave, was surrounded by the British, who made passes at him with their bayonets, which he skilfully parried with his sword. . . . The combatants, for fifteen or twenty rods from the redoubt, were so mingled together, that firing would have destroyed friend and foe. The conflict was now carried on hand to hand. Many stood and received wounds with swords and bayonets. Warren, at this period, was killed. . . . General Putnam here rode to the rear of the retreating troops, with his sword drawn, and still undaunted in his bearing, urged them to renew the fight in the unfinished works. 'In God's name form, and give them one shot more,' he exclaimed. The veteran Pomeroy, too, with his shattered musket in his hand, and his face to the foe, endeavored to rally the men."--Frothingham's "Siege of Boston." [P. 6; ellipses appear in the catalogue. Exhibited under heading: "Catalogue of Oil Paintings."]
Catalogue of the Second Annual Exhibition of the Washington Art Association. 1857. Washington: Henry Polkinhorn, Printer, 1857.