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Death of a Hero


[BUENA VISTA, BATTLE OF]. CAMERON, John. Death of Col. John J. Hardin. The 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteers, He Fell Mortally Wounded while in the Act of Leading on His Men at the Battle of Buena Vista, Feby. 23th 1847. [along bottom] Lith. & Pub. By N. Currier. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1847 by N. Currier, in the Clerk’s office of the District Court of the Southern District of N.Y. 152 Nassau St. Cor. of Spruce N.Y. [at bottom] 461. Print: image area: 21.2 x 32 cm; overall sheet size: 25.5 x 33.5 cm. Contemporary hand-coloring. Professionally matted. Except for light overall age toning, very good. Signed Cameron in the image area. A vivedly colored print.

First edition. Currier 1477. Peters, p. 228. This image is illustrated in The Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War, Vol. I, p. 293.

A dramatic scene in which Hardin dominates, shown falling from his horse as he grabs his side. In the background, battle rages. Hardin died during an ill-advised charge upon a Mexican position.

Hardin (1810-1847) was a Kentucky native who held a variety of military and political positions, mostly in Illinois. His funeral was attended by thousands.


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