Painters and printmakers of this battle had a problem in that the fighting took place in fog, at night. This print makes an attempt at fog but has not conceded darkness. However, the fight for the Sandbag Battery looks like a desperate struggle. The fight in this corner of the battle became folklore in Victorian England. Every newspaper carried vivid descriptions of the earthwork's walls being totally obscured by corpses at the end of the day, of hideous hand-to-hand combat and men tearing at each other as ammunition failed and bayonets broke.

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