Even before the "The Birth Of A Nation", Griffith had a reputation for being creative, imaginative and stubborn. Conflicts with Biograph management were common place. "The Battle" featured a large cast, elaborate costu...展开mes and expensive production elements. A civil war battle is seen raging. "The Boy" is stricken by cowardice and seeks concealment from "The Girl". She appears unconcerned that her house is in the midst of a raging gunfight and throws him out! Circumstance and the long arm of coincidence help turn "The Boy" into the hero of the day when he helps an ammunition wagon get through the Southern lines.