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Battle of Paoli

In the early morning hours of September 21, 1777, a column of British troops launched a surprise attack on American troops encamped in a field near modern-day Malvern, Pennsylvania. In the ensuing struggle, American Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's force suffered heavy casualties and was forced to flee. One of the British participants in the action, Lieutenant Richard St. George Mansergh St. George of the 52nd Regiment, commissioned this painting by Xavier della Gatta in 1782 to commemorate the battle.