The battle chargers of the general officers
of the Confederate
and Federal armies during the American Civil War
, wrote their names upon the scrolls of history by their high grade of sagacity and faithfulness.
They carried their masters upon the tedious march and over the bullet-swept battlefields, and seemed to realize their importance in the conflict.
The horse of the commanding officer
was as well known to the rank and file as the general himself, and the soldiers were as affectionately attached to the animal as was the master.
When the Civil War
broke out, my father,1 General Grant
, was appointed colonel of the Twenty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry and on joining the regiment purchased a horse in Galena, Illinois
This horse, though a strong animal, proved to be unfitted for the service and, when my father was taking his regiment from Springfield, Illinois
, to Missouri
, he encamped on the Illinois River
for several days.
During the time they were there a farmer brought in a horse called “Jack
This animal was a cream-colored horse, with black eyes, mane and tail of silver white, his hair gradually becoming darker toward his feet.
He was a noble animal, high spirited, very intelligent and an excellent horse in every way. He was a stallion and of considerable value.
My father used him until after the battle of Chattanooga
(November, 1863), as an extra horse