Skirmish at Rancho San Jeronimo
Watercolor, gouache, 6 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches, writing on verso, gray paper
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This is part of the battle for Monterrey. Notice flags and fortresses on Independence Hill, as well as bursts of cannon fire. For a touch of realism, Chamberlain put in "the foul carrion birds" who feasted on the slain soldiers. Sam was not there to witness it, however. Instead, it was the Texas Rangers under Capt. Jack Hays and some of General Worth's regulars who were in this stirring attack.
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