Acrylic… illustrating the advance on the Sun Inn on March 7, 1799. John Fries escalates a local rebellion against the Federal Direct Tax of 1798 by leading an armed and bellicose militia, eventually numbering 140 persons, from Richland and Milford Townships, Bucks County, into the Moravian community of Bethlehem, with the intent of freeing fellow tax resisters in the Lehigh Valley, that have been arrested for obstructing assessments in Northampton County. Over a dozen, combative Northampton dissidents, are being held by a Federal Marshall as prisoner in the Moravian Sun Inn. This assault took place one day after John Fries led a violent interference, with threats of bodily harm against local county assessors on March 6, at the Red Lion tavern in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
To read a short history and saga of John Fries and the ill-fated revolt… click here > The House Tax Rebellion. Part 1
To read the most accurate, complete history and text as written by William W. H. Davis in 1899… click here > “The Fries Rebellion” (University of Michigan)
A signed and numbered, limited edition of 100… 13″ x 18″ giclee print on 16″ x 20″, 140lb., watercolor paper… is available of this painting for $100.00, plus 6% PA Sales Tax, plus USPS postage & handling within the continental United States.