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The hand-colored lithograph depicts a scene from the Battle of Buena Vista, where Henry Clay, Jr. - the son of Henry Clay - was shot and killed. Clay lies on the ground with his sword in his proper right hand. Five soldiers surround Clay as he dies while a sixth stands in the background with his gun raised. The lithograph features hues of blue, red, white, gold, and gray. It is printed on off-white paper.


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

ca. 1847


10 X 14 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

ink on paper, hand-colored


Recto, below image: DEATH OF COL. CLAY, / BATTLE OF BUENA VISTA, FEB. 23D. 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 don / all that I can withthem and now return them to him".


Buena Vista, Battle of, Mexico, 1847; Clay, Henry, 1811-1847; Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns & battles

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Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)


Mississippi State University Libraries.

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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Death of Col. Clay, Battle of Buena Vista, Feby. 23d. 1847



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