Civil War Animals and Mascots

Civil War Animals and Mascots

Did you know … There were many different animals that traveled with the soldiers during the Civil War. Horses pulled the cannons on caissons. Horses worked hard during the war. Hauling cannons was one of their important jobs. The cannons were placed on a two-wheeled structure and pulled from battle to battle by horses. Horses were also used by soldiers in the cavalry. These soldiers rode horses to find enemy camps. The most famous horse was Traveller, ridden by General Robert E. Lee. General Stonewall Jackson rode Little Sorrel. General Ulysses S. Grant’s favorite horse was named Cincinnati. Mules pulled supply wagons. There were about 25,000 mules at the Battle of Gettysburg alone, so thousands of the animals worked hard throughout the war. Mules were...

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Sallie, the Loyal Civil War Bull Terrier

Sallie, the Loyal Civil War Bull Terrier

Did you know … Sallie was a four-week-old puppy when someone gave her as a gift to First Lieutenant William R. Terry. William was a soldier in the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry, part of the Union Army in the Civil War. Sallie grows up around the soldiers. The soldiers trained often during the early days of the war. Sallie watched the men as the leaders taught skills to keep them safer in a battle. She stood near by at shooting practice. She heard the drummers beat exact rhythms and the buglers play specific tunes for different commands like “Charge!” The bugler played a song known as Reveille every morning to wake up the soldiers. After the music started, Sallie considered it her job to wake them up, too. Sallie is friendly and lovable. Sallie loved...

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