Thursday, April 19, 2012

Speaking of Doolittle, here's another famous one

The Battle of Lexington 1775 engraving by Amos Doolittle

It's easy to forget that, while there certainly were a number of important battles during the Revolutionary War, the first battle the Patriots had to win was the battle for public opinion. And in that battle they were aided by some silversmiths and engravers such as Paul Revere and Amos Doolittle. Revere was responsible for a famous and widely disseminated engraving depiction the "Boston Massacre."

Doolittle did four engravings depicting the events of the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, that played a key role in publicizing the Patriot view of events. The first of the four engravings is shown above, showing the incident at Lexington Green. Note that the British troops are shown firing a full volley while the minutemen are dispersing.

Most wargames concentrate on the battlefield, although a few, like the excellent Washington's War, pay some attention to the politics which, in a revolutionary struggle, is the most important part. 

No comments:

Post a Comment