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James Longstreet (January 1821 – January 1904) was one of the foremost Confederate generals of the American Civil War and the principal subordinate to General Robert E. Lee, who called him his "Old War Horse." He served under Lee as a corps commander for many of the famous battles fought by the Army of Northern Virginia in the Eastern Theater, but also with Gen. Braxton Bragg in the Army of Tennessee in the Western Theater.
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller Traveller was by far the most famous horse ridden during the Civil War. Gen. Lee's saddle & horse tack is on display at the Museum of the Confederacy Richmond VA.
The Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge was a bridge that carried the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad over the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The bridge was destroyed by the Confederate States Army in anticipation of the Fall of Richmond. It was rebuilt the following year. It was burned again in 1882. Its south side has been used for rock climbing since the 1980s. Today, the concrete and granite pilings of the bridge can still be seen just upstream of the Manchester Bridge.
As we begin Memorial Day, we at RRM remember and respect our soldiers who gave up so much for us but it wasn't just soldiers that died. The casualties WW1were mind-boggling, with more than 10 million military deaths on both sides and 7 million civilians. It is estimated that over 10 million horses were killed in WW1 fighting that bloody war, side by side on the battlefield. We honor you all.
Confederate General James Longstreet. Lee's right hand man, especially after the loss of "Stonewall" Jackson. Lee called him my "Old War Horse" but Longstreet strongly disagreed with Lee about Pickett's charge at Gettysburg and after the war criticized Lee for the decision. Longstreet was never forgiven in the South for criticizing Robert E. Lee.
Before tanks and jeeps, men rode horses into battle. Some have become legends like Bucephalus and his master, Alexander the Great. These famous war horses came in all different types of breeds. Some were Arabians, some were wild Mustangs and some were thoroughbreds. From Medieval knights to Samurai swordsmen, men have been using horses for shock, using devastating quick strikes and flanking methods to demoralize the enemy.