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Three chargers that bore a nation's destiny: in the field with General Grant. These three horses can fairly be said to have borne a nation's destiny upon their backs. They are the mounts used by General Grant in his final gigantic campaign that resulted in the outwearing of the Confederacy. When photographed in June, 1864, they were “in the field” with the General-in-Chief, after the ghastly battle of Cold Harbor, and before the crossing of the James River that sealed the fate of Lee's army. On the left is “Egypt,” presented to Grant by admirers in Illinois, and named for the district in which he was bred. The horse in the center, fully caparisoned, is “Cincinnati,” also a present from a gentleman in St. Louis, who on his death-bed sent for Grant and presented him with “the finest horse in the world.” The little black pony to the right is “Jeff Davis,” captured in a cavalry raid on the plantation of Joe Davis, brother of the Confederate President, near Vicksburg. “Jeff Davis” looks indifferent, but “Cincinnati” and “Egypt” have pricked up their ears. Perhaps they were looking at General Grant.

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