From the Battle of the Cowshed, how does the writer present the character of Snowball?

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Snowball is a genuine leader who reads about the great Julius Caesar and implements many of his battle strategies in what comes to be named the Battle of the Cowshed. When Mr. Jones and the other farmers come through the five-barred gate, Snowball sends his soldiers to their respective stations. Much like the battalions of Caesar, the animals move in segments, with the pigeons first distracting the men by flying over their heads. Then, Snowball launches his second attack with the sheep and other small hoofed animals kicking the men, and overpowering them. Snowball orders a retreat, but only so far that when the men charge, he and the larger animals advance. The brave Snowball continues toward the men despite being grazed by bullets. Then, when Boxer enter the fray, the battle is decided. With his iron shoes and tremendous strength, Boxer kills Mr. Jones.

But, like a true leader Snowball tells Boxer to feel no regret since Mr. Jones has killed a sheep and has intended to commit more murders. The other animals create an medal "Animal Hero, First Class" and give it to both Boxer and Snowball for their uncommon valor. Curiously, during this battle, Napoleon is nowhere to be seen.

At the graveside [of the sheep] Snowball made a little speech, emphasizing the need for all animals to be ready to die for the Animal farm if need be.

Clearly, Snowball is a valiant leader as well as a loyal one.