Take That, You British Regular, and Adopt!
A Patriot of 1776 Defending his Homestead. New York: Currier & Ives., 1876.
This lithograph depicting a colonial American grappling with a mounted British soldier was issued in 1876 by Currier & Ives, probably to capitalize on interest in the nation’s centennial. The same year they published numerous portraits of George Washington and Lafayette, as well as views of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and revolutionary War battle scenes. At the same moment they were selling these commemorative images, they also offered dramatic depictions of current (soon to be historical) events, including Custer and his last stand (June of 1876).