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[298] should never fall into the hands of a person that would ill-treat him. This promise was given and General Grant accepted the horse and called him “Cincinnati.” This was his battle charger until the end of the war and was kept by him until the horse died at Admiral Ammen's farm in Maryland, in 1878.1

About this time (January, 1864) some people in Illinois found a horse in the southern part of that State, which they thought was remarkably beautiful. They purchased him and sent him as a present to my father. This horse was known as “Egypt” as he was raised, or at least came from southern Illinois, a district known in the State as Egypt, as the northern part was known as Canaan.


General Lee's “traveller”

The most famous of the horses in the stables of General Lee, the Confederate commander, was “Traveller,” an iron gray horse. He was raised in Greenbrier County, near Blue Sulphur Springs, and, as a colt, won first prize at a fair in Lewisburg, Virginia. When hostilities commenced between the North and the South, the horse, then known as “Jeff Davis,” was owned by Major Thomas L. Broun, who had paid $175 (in gold) for him. Lee first saw the gray in the mountains of West Virginia. He instantly became attached to him, and always called him “my colt.”

In the spring of 1862, this horse finally became the

1Cincinnati” was the son of “Lexington,” the fastest four-mile thoroughbred in the United States, time 7:19 3/4 minutes. “Cincinnati” nearly equaled the speed of his half-brother, “Kentucky,” and Grant was offered $10,000 in gold or its equivalent for him, but refused. He was seventeen hands high, and in the estimation of Grant was the finest horse that he had ever seen. Grant rarely permitted anyone to mount the horse--two exceptions were Admiral Daniel Ammen and Lincoln. Ammen saved Grant's life from drowning while a school-boy. Grant says: “Lincoln spent the latter days of his life with me. He came to City Point in the last month of the war and was with me all the time. He was a fine horseman and rode my horse ‘Cincinnati’ every day.” --T. F. R.

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