Back in the days of the American Civil War, horses were a vital part cog in the war machine. They were used by the cavalry, to move supplies and weapons and as personal transportation between units and by important players in the Civil War.
Due to the fame of their riders, many horses also were made famous. Here is a list of ten of the more famous Civil War horses.
- Ajax – was ridden by Robert E. Lee early in the war. Ajax was returned to the farm as Lee considered the horse too big for his use.
- Brown Roan – another horse used by Lee early in the war. Brown Roan was considered too skittish and not up to the strains of battle.
- Traveler – Robert E. Lee’s favorite horse. It served Lee well during the war and was buried at Washington and Lee University.
- Old Sorrel – the favorite of Stonewall Jackson. It’s skeleton is preserved at the VMI museum in Lexington.
- Sam – ridden by General Sherman. This fast horse was wounded several times in battle and died in 1884.
- Dolly – the favorite of William T. Sherman until it was stolen.
- Black Bess – ridden by Confederate general John Hunt Morgan
- Virginia – ridden by Jeb Stuart at Gettysburg
- Don Juan – ridden by General Custer in the Grand Review of the armies
- Curtis Lee – ridden by George A. Custer. The horse survived the war but was later accidentally killed in a buffalo hunt.
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