J. B. White (1781-1859). “Gen. Marion in His Swamp Encampment Inviting a British Officer to Dinner.” From Godey’s Magazine.
Philadelphia, ca. 1845. 5 x 6 (image). Engraved by J. N. Gimbrede. Very good condition.
Drawn by John Blake White, the image shows the historic meeting between the “Swamp Fox” and a British officer. British troops in South Carolina were hard pressed by Marion and were hoping for a ‘regular’ battle in the open rather than a continuation of Marion’s guerrilla tactics. The officer, captured by Marion, was surprised to be offered a civil and refined reception by Marion, who the British had characterized as a coarse and crude ruffian. White’s image depicts some interesting details: the handkerchief that was used to blindfold the officer and the dinner of sweet potato that Marion invited the officer to share.