Benjamin Lincoln, the subject of the News feature, receives the sword of defeated British General Cornwallis in this painting by John Trumbull.


Benjamin Lincoln Honored

Benjamin Lincoln was a stout, middle-aged Massachusetts farmer when the Revolutionary War began. Little known beyond the town of Hingham, he became one of the Continental Army’s most effective generals. George Washington admired Lincoln, and chose him to receive the British surrender at Yorktown—a moment immortalized by John Trumbull. Quietly determined and equally courageous, Benjamin Lincoln met challenges that would have broken lesser men. With determination to match, the Hingham Historical Society is committed to acquiring Lincoln’s home and opening it to the public, and has launched a series of events to commemorate the occasion.


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Two Congressional Presentation Swords

Two of the fifteen presentation swords awarded by Congress to Revolutionary War officers who displayed exceptional bravery and commitment to the cause are preserved in the Institute’s collections. Explore these exceptional artifacts in a new feature in our series Masterpieces in Detail.




America’s First Veterans

Over a quarter of a million Americans served in the armed forces that won our independence. Those who survived became America’s first veterans—the world’s first veterans of an army of free men. You can explore this theme and the art, artifacts, books and manuscripts in the exhibition in our new companion book, America’s First Veterans, to be published in hardback on November 11.


Lost Hero of Yorktown

The British surrender at Yorktown is remembered as a triumph for George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau. Students of the siege know that Admiral de Grasse played a central role in the allied victory, Alexander Hamilton distinguished himself in a daring attack on the […]