[CLAY, HENRY, JR.]. KELLOGG, E.B. and E.C. (publishers). Death of Col. Clay. Battle of Buena Vista Feb., 23rd, 1847. When Shot down a Second Time He Drew a Brace of Pistols from His Belt, Handed Them to Capt. Cutter, and Requested Him to Deliver Them to His Father with this Message “Say to him that he gave them to me, and that I have done all that I can with them and now return them to him”. [along bottom] E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 144 Fulton St. N.Y. & 136 Main St. Hartford, Conn. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1847 by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York. D. Needham, 223 Main St. Buffalo. Print: image area: 21 x 32 cm. Contemporary hand color. In contemporary wood frame. Light soiling and water staining, closed tear at lower left corner. Not examined outside of frame.
A dramatic scene showing the expiring Clay being supported by a comrade while he hands a brace of pistols to another. Several other soldiers look on. In a gruesome background detail, two prostrate soldiers are bayoneted, a foreboding of what became of Clay himself. Clay (1811-1847) was from a prominent Kentucky family. He was killed by Mexican soldiers after ordering his subordinates to leave him.