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 property of the general, who paid $200 in currency for him. He changed the name of his charger to “Traveller” and from the date of purchase it became almost a daily sight to see the commander astride the gray, riding about the camp. There were a number of battle horses in Lee's stables during the war. There were “Grace Darling,” “Brown roan,” “Lucy long,” “Ajax,” and “Richmond,” but of them all “Traveller” became the especial companion of the general. The fine proportions of this horse immediately attracted attention. He was gray in color, with black points, a long mane and long flowing tail. He stood sixteen hands high, and was five years old in the spring of 1862. His figure was muscular, with a deep chest and short back, strong haunches, flat legs, small head, quick eyes, broad forehead, and small feet. His rapid, springy step and bold carriage made him conspicuous in the camps of the Confederates. On a long and tedious march with the Army of Northern Virginia he easily carried Lee's weight at five or six miles an hour, without faltering, and at the end of the day's hard travel seemed to be as fresh as at the beginning. The other horses broke under the strain and hardships; “Lucy long,” purchased by General “Jeb” Stuart from Stephen Dandridge and presented to Lee, served for two years in alternation with “Traveller,” but in the fall of 1864 became unserviceable and was sent into the country to recuperate.1 “Richmond,” “Ajax,” and “Brown roan” each in turn proved unequal to the rigors of war.
1 “Lucy long,” second to “Traveller” in Lee's affections, was recalled from the country just before the evacuation of Richmond; but during the confusion she was placed with the public horses and sent to Danville, and Lee lost all trace of his war-horse. A thorough search was made, and finally, in 1866, she was discovered and brought to Lexington to pass her days in leisure with General Lee and “Traveller.” After a number of years the mare became feeble and seemed to lose interest in life, and when “Lucy long” reached about thirty-three years of age a son of General Lee mercifully chloroformed the veteran war-horse of the Army of Northern Virginia.
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