High Street, from Ninth Street. Philadelphia
@ The Library Company of Philadelphia
W. Birch & Son
DescriptionView of High (Market) Street from Ninth depicting a detachment of the First City Troop of Philadelphia drilling on horseback. The troop promenades up the busy street where several horse-drawn carts and a dray travel and several pedestrians, including an African American man and boy (in the right), watch the guard and/or stroll the tree-lined sidewalks. A market shed is seen in the distance. The First City Troop, one of the oldest continually mounted U.S. military units, was organized in 1774 to defend against British invasion. The Troop used a variety of arenas to perform drills including circuses, riding schools, and various public grounds.; Drawn, engraved & published by W. Birch & Son.; Sold by R. Campbell & Co. No. 30 Chesnut [sic] St. Philada.; Title from item.