- paper and ink
"HOW I DO LOVE THESE FOUR LITTLE MEN OF THE PAST (?ARMIES) AND WHAT REAL BEAUTIES THEY ARE—what a thoughtful thing for you to send them. Now I must get paint and do a job on them ..." Just above his salutation to his friend Francis "Bozie" Bosworth, Wyeth has sketched a frieze of the four soldiers. Two soldiers wear tricorn hats and carry muskets. The third figure wearing a tricorn holds a spontoon, a pole arm carried by all officers on foot. The spontoon, a symbol of authority as well as a combat weapon, was preferred to muskets, for there was no loading and firing to detract attention from the troops. The second figure is a grenadier as denoted by his conical helmet and his musket.