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First Posted Nov, 2006
Jul 21, 2010

Famous Horses of the American Civil War And the Senior Officers Who Rode Them

Famous Horses of the American Civil War And the Senior Officers Who Rode Them Ajax
Robert E. Lee (secondary)

Aldebaron
Philip Sheridan (first horse)

Almond Eye
Benjamin F. Butler

Baldy (also Old Baldy)
George G. Meade (favorite horse, wounded at First Bull Run and at Battle of Antietam)

Bayard
Philip Kearny (secondary; Kearny was killed at Chantilly while riding this horse)

Bill
Henry J. Hunt

Billy
George H. Thomas (named for William T. Sherman)

Blackie
George G. Meade (secondary)

Brown Roan
Robert E. Lee (secondary)

Bucephalus
Sterling Price

Burns (AKA Black Burns)
George B. McClellan (secondary)

Captain
Wade Hampton

Charlemagne
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Cincinnati
Ulysses S. Grant (favorite horse, acquired in 1864)

Comanche-Sole survivor of Battle at Little Big Horn
General George Custer*

Cornwall
John Sedgwick (secondary)

Daniel Webster
George B. McClellan

Decatur
Philip Kearny (secondary; horse shot through the neck at Fair Oaks)

Dixie
Edward Porter Alexander

Dolly
Patrick Cleburne (horse killed at Battle of Perryville)

Don Juan
William T. Sherman (secondary)

Fancy (Little Sorrel)*
Stonewall Jackson

Fanny
John F. Reynolds (favorite)

Faugh-a-Ballagh
John Gibbon

Fire-Eater
Patrick Kelly

Firefly
Albert Sidney Johnston

Fleeter
Robert E. Rodes Fleeter

Fleetfoot
Belle Boyd

Fox
Walter H. Taylor

Gertie
George G. Meade (secondary)

Grand Old Canister
Daniel Sickles (secondary)

Grape
Daniel Sickles (secondary)

Grey Eagle
John Buford

Handsome Joe
John Sedgwick (secondary)

Harry
George Armstrong Custer (secondary)

Hero
James Longstreet

Highfly
J.E.B. Stuart (secondary)

Highlander
Nathan Bedford Forrest (secondary)

Jack
Ulysses S. Grant (secondary)

Jeff Davis
John Bell Hood

Jinny
Ulysses S. Grant (secondary)

Kangaroo
Isaac R. Trimble

Kentuck
Ulysses S. Grant (secondary)

King Philip
George B. McClellan (favorite)

Lancer
Nathan Bedford Forrest (favorite)

Lexington
George Armstrong Custer (favorite)

Little Sorrel (became know as Fancy)(Old Sorrel proved unreliable in battle)*
Stonewall Jackson (favorite)

Lookout
Stonewall Jackson

Lucy Long
Joseph Hooker (named after the Battle of Lookout Mountain)

Methuselah (Traveller)*
Robert E. Lee

Milroy
Ulysses S. Grant (first horse on re-entering the Army in 1861)

Moscow
John B. Gordon (horse captured from General Robert Milroy at Second Winchester)

My Maryland
Philip Kearny (favorite, but avoided riding due to his conspicuous white color)

Nellie Gray
J.E.B. Stuart (secondary)

Old Bill
Fitzhugh Lee (horse killed at Battle of Opequon)

Old Bob
George G. Meade (secondary)

Old Jim
Ambrose Burnside

Old Spot
Strong Vincent

Pocohontas
Judson Kilpatrick

Pretty
George H. Steuart

Prince
David McM. Gregg

Plug Ugly
John F. Reynolds (secondary)

Rambler
Alpheus S. Williams

Red Eye
John Sedgwick (favorite)

Richmond
Richard B. Garnett

Rienzi (later Winchester)
Robert E. Lee

Rifle
Philip Sheridan (renamed after Sheridan's famous ride at the Battle of Winchester)

Roanoke
Richard S. Ewell

Roderick
George Armstrong Custer (secondary)

Rondy
Nathan Bedford Forrest (secondary)

Sam
Ulysses S. Grant (first horse in battle)

Slicky
William T. Sherman (secondary)

Tammany
Alfred Pleasonton

Traveller
Virginia
Robert E. Lee (favorite - see Traveller (horse)


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