Battle of Bunker Hill, The, June 17, 1775, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 1
Hostilities commenced at Lexington, on the 19th of April, 1775. . . . Joseph Warren, an eminent physician of Boston, . . . was going out to dine, when the increasing din of the action impelled him to gallop to the scene, where he arrived almost at the moment of defeat. . . . The painting represents the moment when (the Americans having expended their ammunition) the British troops became completely successful and masters of the field. At this last moment of action, General Warren was killed by a musket ball, through the head. The principal group represents him expiring. . . . Colonel Small had been intimately connected with General Warren, . . . [and] is represented seizing the musket of the grenadier, to prevent the fatal blow. . . . General Putnam, [is] reluctantly ordering the retreat of these brave men; while beyond him a party of American troops oppose their last fire to the victorious column of the enemy. . . . Col. Pitcairn, of the British marines, mortally wounded, [falls] in the arms of his son, to whom he was speaking at the fatal moment. Under the feet of Colonel Small, lies the dead body of Col. Abercrombie. . . . No part of the town of Charlestown is seen; but the dark smoke indicates the conflagration. . . . Col. Trumbull, the artist, was on that day adjutant of first regiment of Connecticut troops, stationed at Roxbury, and saw the action from that point. [Pp. 3-6.]
Catalogue of Paintings, now exhibiting in Wadsworth Gallery, Hartford. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company. 1863.