List of horses of the American Civil War

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This is a list of horses of the American Civil War and the senior Union and Confederate officers who rode them.

Horse Officer Notes
Aldebaron Sheridan, PhilipPhilip Sheridan first horse
Almond Eye Butler, Benjamin F.Benjamin F. Butler
Baldy (also Old Baldy) Meade, George G.George G. Meade favorite horse, wounded at First Bull Run and Antietam
Bayard Kearny, PhilipPhilip Kearny secondary; Kearny was killed at Chantilly while riding this horse
Bill Hunt, Henry J.Henry J. Hunt
Billy Thomas, George H.George H. Thomas named for William T. Sherman
Black Bess Morgan, John HuntJohn Hunt Morgan
Blackie Meade, George G.George G. Meade secondary
Blackjack Davis, JeffersonJefferson Davis
Brown Roan Lee, Robert E.Robert E. Lee secondary
Bucephalus Price, SterlingSterling Price
Burns (AKA Black Burns) McClellan, George B.George B. McClellan secondary
Butler Hampton, WadeWade Hampton favorite
Captain Hampton, WadeWade Hampton
Charlemagne Chamberlain, JoshuaJoshua Chamberlain
Cincinnati Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant favorite horse, acquired in 1864
Cornwall Sedgwick, JohnJohn Sedgwick secondary
Daniel Webster McClellan, George B.George B. McClellan
Decatur Kearny, PhilipPhilip Kearny secondary; horse shot through the neck at Fair Oaks
Dixie Alexander, Edward PorterEdward Porter Alexander
Dixie Cleburne, PatrickPatrick Cleburne horse killed at Battle of Perryville
Dolly Sherman, William T.William T. Sherman secondary
Don Juan Custer, George ArmstrongGeorge Armstrong Custer secondary
Fancy Reynolds, John F.John F. Reynolds favorite
Fanny Gibbon, JohnJohn Gibbon
Faugh-a-Ballagh Kelly, PatrickPatrick Kelly
Fire-Eater Johnston, Albert SidneyAlbert Sidney Johnston
Firefly Rodes, Robert E.Robert E. Rodes
Fleeter Boyd, BelleBelle Boyd
Fleetfoot Taylor, Walter H.Walter H. Taylor
Fly-By-Night James Longstreet A gift from General Lee in 1864.
Fox Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant
Gertie Meade, George G.George G. Meade secondary
Grand Old Canister Sickles, DanielDaniel Sickles secondary
Grape Sickles, DanielDaniel Sickles secondary
Grey Eagle Buford, JohnJohn Buford
Handsome Joe Sedgwick, JohnJohn Sedgwick secondary
Harry Custer, George ArmstrongGeorge Armstrong Custer secondary
Hero Longstreet, JamesJames Longstreet
Highfly Stuart, J.E.B.J.E.B. Stuart secondary
Highlander Forrest, Nathan BedfordNathan Bedford Forrest secondary
Jack Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant secondary
Jasper[1] Milroy, Robert H.Robert H. Milroy
Jeff Davis Hood, John BellJohn Bell Hood
Jeff Davis Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant secondary
Jinny Trimble, Isaac R.Isaac R. Trimble
Kangaroo Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant secondary
Kentuck McClellan, George B.George B. McClellan favorite
King Philip Forrest, Nathan BedfordNathan Bedford Forrest favorite
Lancer Custer, George ArmstrongGeorge Armstrong Custer favorite
Duke Sherman, William T.William T. Sherman Sherman in a letter in 1888 he wrote that his favorite horse throughout the American Civil War was the one he rode in Atlanta.
Little Sorrel (also Old Sorrel) Jackson, StonewallStonewall Jackson Jackson was riding Little Sorrel when fatally wounded at Chancellorsville. Little Sorrel is buried on the VMI parade deck mere feet from Jackson's famous statue.
Lookout Hooker, JosephJoseph Hooker named after the Battle of Lookout Mountain
Lucy Long Lee, Robert E.Robert E. Lee given to Lee by J.E.B. Stuart
Methuselah Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant first horse on re-entering the Army in 1861
Milroy Gordon, John B.John B. Gordon horse captured from General Robert H. Milroy at Second Winchester
Moscow Kearny, PhilipPhilip Kearny favorite, but avoided riding due to his conspicuous white color
My Maryland Stuart, J.E.B.J.E.B. Stuart secondary
Nellie Gray Lee, FitzhughFitzhugh Lee horse killed at Battle of Opequon
Old Baldy Meade, George G.George G. Meade favorite
Old Bob Burnside, AmbroseAmbrose Burnside
Old Jim Vincent, StrongStrong Vincent
Old Spot Kilpatrick, JudsonJudson Kilpatrick
Pocohontas Steuart, George H.George H. Steuart
Pretty Gregg, David McMurtieDavid McMurtie Gregg
Prince Reynolds, John F.John F. Reynolds secondary
Plug Ugly Williams, Alpheus S.Alpheus S. Williams
Rambler Sedgwick, JohnJohn Sedgwick favorite
Red Eye Garnett, Richard B.Richard B. Garnett
Red Pepper Cleburne, PatrickPatrick Cleburne
Richmond Lee, Robert E.Robert E. Lee
Rienzi (later Winchester) Sheridan, PhilipPhilip Sheridan renamed after Sheridan's famous ride at the Battle of Winchester
Rifle Ewell, Richard S.Richard S. Ewell
Roanoke Custer, George ArmstrongGeorge Armstrong Custer secondary
Roderick Forrest, Nathan BedfordNathan Bedford Forrest secondary
Rondy Grant, Ulysses S.Ulysses S. Grant first horse in battle
Sam Sherman, William T.William T. Sherman secondary
Skylark[2] Stuart, J.E.B.J.E.B. Stuart
Slicky Pleasonton, AlfredAlfred Pleasonton
Tammany Sickles, DanielDaniel Sickles favorite
Tom Telegraph[3] Ashby, TurnerTurner Ashby
Traveller Lee, Robert E.Robert E. Lee favorite; buried with Lee at Lee Chapel
Virginia Stuart, J.E.B.J.E.B. Stuart noted in Gettysburg Campaign[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cozzens, p. 274.
  2. ^ Wert, p. 50.
  3. ^ Cozzens, p. 240.
  4. ^ Magner, p. 46.

References[edit]

  • Cozzens, Peter. Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8078-3200-4.
  • Magner, Blake A. Traveller & Company, The Horses of Gettysburg. Gettysburg, PA: Farnsworth House Military Impressions, 1995. ISBN 0-9643632-2-4.
  • Wert, Jeffry D. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J.E.B. Stuart. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7432-7819-5.

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