November 18, 2019

Breaking Down Xavier della Gatta's Battle of Germantown Painting

For the past 60 years, the Battle of Germantown painting has puzzled historians. Created by Italian artist Xavier della Gatta in 1782, the painting vividly and accurately depicts the 1777 battle, part of the Philadelphia Campaign of the American Revolutionary War. Della Gatta, however, never set foot in America. Why did Xavier della Gatta choose to paint this battle and how was he able to depict it so accurately? Careful detective work has revealed answers in the life of Richard St. George. More

September 8, 2019

Finding Freedom: Andrew

This is Andrew. He was a boy of 15 when he and his father were drafted into the American Army. Andrew’s experience is one of five real stories of African American men and women featured in the Museum’s touchscreen interactive exhibit “Finding Freedom: African Americans in Wartime Virginia.” More

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