The Rescue of the Colors - Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia

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Framed print. The painting was commissioned by General W. W. H. Davis in 1898.  Many tiny details, even in the background, are not generic references to pitched battle but represent actual people and events that occurred during the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, on 31 May 1862. Having studied the battle and interviewed the participants, Trego emphasized the heavy losses suffered by the regiment that afternoon. Several bodies litter the battlefield. In the immediate foreground, the dead eye of one corpse stares at us. Throughout the painting, several men can be seen grasping their bleeding faces and heads.