The Battle of Buena Vista

Grand Mass before Buena Vista
Watercolor and pencil, 3 1/4 x 6 9/16 inches. Note that picture is not quite finished.
 
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The sun rose bright and clear from behind the 'Sierra Frea' on the morning of the 23rd of February, 1847...I doubt if the 'Sun of Austerlitz' [scene of one of Napoleon's great victories] shone on a more brilliant spectacle than the one before us... Twenty thousand men clad in new uniforms, belts as white as snow, brasses and arms burnished until they glittered in the sunbeams like gold and silver... Soon a procession of ecclesiastical dignitaries with all the gorgeous paraphanalia of the Catholic Church advanced along the lines, proceeded by the bands playing a solemn anthem... Sam exaggerated the number of troops; by this time there were approximately 15,000.
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