Paoli Massacre


Painting by Xavier della Gatta titled 'A Dreadful Scene of Havoc' commissioned by a British officer who was present at Paoli. One eyewitness account had this to say about an assault on one of the American victims, "...more than a dozen soldiers had with fixed bayonets formed a cordon round him, and that everyone of them in sport had indulged their brutal ferocity by stabbing him in different parts of his body and limbs ... a physician ... examining him there was found ... 46 distinct bayonet wounds..." - William Hutchinson, Pennsylvania Militiaman


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by Stephen Luscombe