The Battle of Buena Vista

Defeat of Lancers by the Mississipi Rifles ["Defeat of these Lancers by the Missippee Rifles" on original]
Watercolor and pen and ink, 5 3/8 x 12 1/8
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At 9:00 A.M. Taylor brought Davis's Mississippi Rifles onto the field from Saltillo. With the Third Indiana, the Mississipi Rifles formed a V, into which rode General Juvera's spirited horsemen, part of Maj. Gen. Francisco Pacheco's division, where they were slaughtered. This seemed, for a time, to have turned the tide of battle, since it trapped a large part of Santa Anna's forces and demoralized his men. Note the excellent portrayal of the proud Mississippi Rifles, with their bright brass patch boxes on their 1841 rifles and their red jackets and white trousers. Also note that the general with the red tunic in the view of Santa Anna'a generals is falling.
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