“Willing’s Marine Expedition, February 1778”
Print depicts Captain James Willing supervising as his Marines load spoils onto the armed boat Rattletrap.
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- Measures 16″ x 21″
- Printed on archival quality paper
“James Willing organized a volunteer company of 34 states Marines composed of hardened soldiers, frontier roustabouts, and buckskin men of Fort Pitt. They set sail on the armed gallery called the Rattletrap, conducting patrols on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to win assistance or force the neutrality of the inhabitants along the river banks. A final patrol went all the way down the Mississippi, destroying British plantations and property, and liberating much loot and slaves along the way. When they reached New Orleans, the British tried to have the local government jail them as pirates. Most managed to depart; however, some returned upriver to join George Rogers Clark in the Northwest Territory, and others went back to the colonies by sea.”
– Excerpt from Marines and Others: The Paintings of Colonel Charles Waterhouse USMCR (Ret)
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