The War Horse Memorial, Virginia Historical Society , Richmond, Va. - An inscription on the granite reads: 'In memory of the one and one half million horses and mules of the Confederate and Union armies who were killed, were wounded or died from disease in the Civil War.'
from The Campfire Chronicle by Stargazer Mercantile
The Day Winston Churchill Saved the War Horses
The Day Sir Winston Churchill Saved the War Horses: A little known fact of history is that were it not for Sir Winston Churchill, thousands of war horses would have been left behind at the end of World War I. The idea of abandoning the loyal animals was more than life-long equestrian Sir Winston could stand, so he jumped into action. Read his remarkable story in this blog post today!
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 National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Virginia commissioned a monument to the Civil War cavalry horse. Rather than portray a hearty horse, the monument shows an exhausted, malnourished horse, still faithful and serving, even though it was clearly near the end of its rope. We don't know what happened to its master. The monument accurately depicts the condition of Civil War cavalry horses, and shows the frightful toll that endless hours of marching and picketing took on those proud…
Man o’ War in his coffin. The most famous Thoroughbred died on November 1, 1947 at the age of 30 of an apparent heart attack. He was the first horse to be embalmed, and his casket was lined in his riding colors. Man o’ War’s funeral was broadcast internationally over the radio and over 2,000 people came to pay their final respects.
There were, in the late 1800’s, wild horses still roaming Oregon state in the USA. They were prized for their exceptionally good looks and long manes, hence their being referred to as the 'Oregon Wild Long-haired Wonder Horses.'
Rocky Hill Castle is a historic plantation home in Courtland, Alabama. Built in the 1820's, but when the Civil War broke out it was used by Confederates as a hospital. Some say that the spirits of Civil War soldiers and tortured slaves haunt the premises, as well as the mysterious 'lady in blue'.
Man O' War 3/29/17 - 11/1/47 Sire of 1937 Triple Crown winner, War Admiral and grandsire of Seabiscuit. Man o' War rescued American horseracing in the 1920s, despite competing for just two years. Following his death, he was voted the greatest thoroughbred of the first half of the 20th Century. Following his brilliant 1919 debut, Man o' War won three stakes races in 17 days, and when he retired 16 months later, he was a national hero. Man o' War won 20 of his 21 races.