"with one hand over his breast in a gesture of fidelity sworn, clutching the rifleball to him like a gift"
Panal of Government Palace mural depicting Hidalgo execution in Chihuahua
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePanal of Government Palace mural depicting Hidalgo execution in Chihuahua - Credit: Lyricmac

McCarthy's imagery in the description of the fallen soldier at the Battle of Torreón recalls a famous mural by Aarón Piña Mora depicting the execution of Miguel Hidalgo, the Mexican priest and iconic figure of the Mexican War of Independence.