Xavier della Gatta, The Battle of Paoli, 1782.
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The Battle of Paoli, Xavier della Gatta
Color painting of a battle scene

Credit: The Valley Forge Historical Society

The American soldier casualties at the Battle of Paoli, an English surprise attack on September 20, 1777, became a symbol of British butchery and a rallying cry for Americans resistance during the Revolutionary War. In 1782 Italian artist Xavier della Gatta painted this imaged scene of the battle, most likely for a British officer.

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