Death of General Montgomery, in the attack on Quebec, December 31st, 1775, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 11
So early as 1775, . . . it was determined to attempt the reduction of Canada, and its annexation to the general Confederacy. For this purpose a body of troops under the command of General Montgomery, advanced by the obvious route of Lake Champlain to attack the enemy at the heart. . . . In defiance of frost, snow and tempest, a gallant but desperate attempt was made on the night of the 30th of December, to carry Quebec by storm. The attack was made in two columns, one under the immediate command of General Montgomery, attempted the lower town; the other, commanded by General Arnold, was directed against the upper. The discharge of a single cannon was fatal to General Montgomery and his two aids-du-camp, and this misfortune occasioned the retreat of his column. . . . The principal group represents the death of General Montgomery, who, together with his two aids-du-camp, Major M'Pherson and Captain Cheesman, fell by a discharge of grape-shot from the cannon of the place. The General is represented as expiring, supported by two of his officers, and surrounded by others. . . . Grief and surprise mark the countenances of the various characters. The earth covered with snow,--trees stripped of their foliage,--the desolation of winter, and the gloom of the night, highten [sic] the melancholy character of the scene. [Pp. 15-18.]
Catalogue of Paintings, now exhibiting in Wadsworth Gallery, Hartford. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company. 1863.