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But “Traveller” sturdily accepted and withstood the hardships of the campaigns in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. When in April, 1865, the last battle of the Army of Northern Virginia had been fought, the veteran war-horse was still on duty. When Lee rode to the McLean house at Appomattox Court House, he was astride of “Traveller,” and it was this faithful four-footed companion who carried the Southern leader back to his waiting army, and then to Richmond.

When Lee became a private citizen and retired to Washington and Lee University, as its president, the veteran warhorse was still with him, and as the years passed and both master and servant neared life's ending they became more closely attached.1 As the funeral cortege accompanied Lee to his last resting place, “Traveller” marched behind the hearse, his step slow and his head bowed, as if he understood the import of the occasion.


General McClellan's horses

While General McClellan was in command of the Army of the Potomac, in 1862, he had a number of war-horses. The favorite of them all was “Daniel Webster,” soon called by the members of the general's staff “that devil Dan,” because of his speed with which the staff officers had great difficulty in keeping pace. During the battle of the Antietam the great horse carried the commander safely through the day.

“Daniel Webster” was a dark bay about seventeen hands high, pure bred, with good action, never showing signs of fatigue, no matter how hard the test. He was extremely handsome,

1 During the life of “Traveller” after the war, he was the pet of the countryside about Lexington, Va. Many marks of affection were showered upon him. Admiring friends in England sent two sets of equipment for the veteran war-horse. Ladies in Baltimore, Md., bestowed another highly decorated set, and another came from friends at the Confederate capital, Richmond. But the set that seemed to most please “Traveller” was the one sent from St. Louis, in Missouri.

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