There is a lot happening in this painting, and it is hard to tell exactly what all is going on, which is exactly why I chose it. It appears that the blue coats are bringing up the battery while under fire. There is a dead man to the left of the wagon, as well as a man falling off his horse to the right. What brings questions to my mind is why are these specific soldiers being brought within rifle range when typically they would be further back for protection and long range assault. This to me shows the sense of worth there was for individual lives back during the civil war. Marching men in lines to take turns shooting each other down today seems like madness. During this time period, it was like a massive game of chess. This painting itself shows some excellent detail in the horse’s movement and muscle vascularity. Where the grass, sky, and faces of the soldiers have less detail, the horses have an incredible amount of detail.