The Battle of Buena Vista

Capture of a Section of Washington's Battery
Watercolor and pencil, 5 1/16 x 8 inches
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Chamberlain is confusing here. Though it was a section of Capt. John M. Washington's battery that was captured, it was that of the brave, beleaguered Capt. John Paul Jones O'Brien, whose three guns were part of Washington's battery. O'Brien's staunch holding of his position until virtually the last of his gunners was killed thwarted Lombardini's charge and played a major part in the American victory.

In this picture Chamberlain imagines that the battery was overwhelmed with benefit of clergy. For a more down-to-earth view, see the next image.

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