Paoli Battlefield Lecture Series

Oct 10th, 2023



  Join us on Tuesday, October 10 to Learn the Story Behind the Battle of Paoli Painting with Tom McGuire at the General Warren as we welcome noted historian, author, and teacher Thomas McGuire, and learn the story behind the famous Xavier Della Gatta painting of the Battle of Paoli in 1782, which was painted 5 years after the battle. This amazing Revolutionary War painting has an amazing history, and the true person who commissioned the painting remained shrouded in mystery for almost 2 centuries. Learn not only about this painting but the detective work needed to unmask the person who commissioned the painting from Xavier Della Gatta way back in 1782.

Thomas J. McGuire teaches history in Malvern, PA. His work on the Battle of Paoli is considered the most complete documentation of the Revolutionary War battle, and was instrumental in preserving the battlefield as a historic site. In that book, as well as his other work, McGuire uses a wealth of primary material to record history from the American Revolutionary War, with a particular focus on Southeast Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.