Uniforms of the American Revolution: Baum's Brunswick Dragoons at the Battle of Bennington
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on board
Overall: 11 x 8 in. ( 27.9 x 20.3 cm ) mat: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. ( 48.9 x 36.2 cm )
signature: lower right: "Chas. M. Lefferts"
Signed at lower right in red gouache: "Chas. M. Lefferts"; verso inscribed at upper center in graphite: "Uniform of / Baum's Brunswick dragoons / Regt. Reidesel. / 1777 / (Brunswick dragoons cutting their / way out at Bennington, Vt. in / 1777.)"
This watercolor shows Brunswick dragoons of the Regiment von Riedesel cutting their way through encircling American forces at the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777, on the Walloomsac River in northern New York. Of two hundred German dragoons who fought bravely under Lieutenant-Colonel Baum, only one officer and twenty-nine men survived to return to Burgoyne's British army before it was compelled to surrender at Saratoga.
Gift of the Estate of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
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