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HORSES IN GRAY
Famous Confederate Warhorses
BY J.D.R. HAWKINS
Never before has there been such a comprehensive look at Confederate military horses in the Civil War and their lives before, during, and after battle. Why particular breeds or colors were chosen for specific tasks, what the life expectancy of military horses was and why they died, and the distinct challenges of caring for horses in wartime conditions are all covered. Chapters focus on how they were acquired by their owners, their lineages, the stories behind their names, and the ways in which they were immortalized. Robert E. Lee’s Traveller, Stonewall Jackson’s Little Sorrel, Forrest’s thirty horses, Ashby’s Tom Telegraph, and many more are included in this must-read history.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but safety is from the Lord.
Horses and mules were vital military tools used for carrying officers, providing mounts for the cavalry, and pulling caissons, wagons, artillery limbers, and ambulances. Not only were these animals devoted and loyal, but they were heavily relied upon and necessary for the existence of the armies they served. Because they demonstrated unflinching bravery in the face of fire, they were loved and adored. Lifelong relationships evolved between horse and master, and on many occasions, the gallant steed carried his rider to hero’s status and immortality.
Before the war, horses in the South were essential, since the region was primarily rural. Railways were sparse and roads were rough. Southern horses were descendants of equine nobility, and through their veins ran the blood of English thoroughbred royalty: Sir Archy, Boston, Diomed, Eclipse, Exchequer, Messenger, Red Eye, Timoleon, and other splendid champion sires.
Mules usually did the plowing and heavy hauling, while horses broken to harness did lighter tasks and pulled carriages. Some horses were used for fox hunting or jousting, but most were used to transport family members cross-country.
For the most part, Southern men and boys were excellent horsemen. When the war started, some were already members of military companies and had been for years.
The horse was so revered by the South that one is depicted on the Confederate States of America’s National Emblem. Seated on the animal is George Washington. The South greatly honored Washington and considered the war to be its Second War of Independence.
J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of only a few female Civil War authors, and uniquely describes the front lines from a Confederate perspective. Her Renegade Seriesincludes A Beautiful Glittering Lie, winner of the John Esten Cooke Fiction Award and the B.R.A.G. Medallion, A Beckoning Hellfire, which is also an award winner, andA Rebel Among Us, recipient of the 2017 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award. These books tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war. Her nonfiction book, Horses in Gray: Famous Confederate Warhorses, has recently been published. She is currently working on another sequel for theRenegade Series. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Pikes Peak Writers, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She is also an artist and singer/songwriter. Learn more about her at http://jdrhawkins.com.
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