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[304] with more than ordinary horse-sense. He was a fast walker, an important requisite in a commander's charger, but a disagreeable quality for the staff officers whose horses were kept at a slow trot. After McClellan retired to private life, “Dan” became the family horse at Orange, N. J., where he died at the age of twenty-three. McClellan said: “No soldier ever had a better horse than I had in ‘Daniel Webster.’ ”

McClellan also had a charger named “Burns,” a fiery black, named after an army friend who gave the horse to McClellan. His one failing was that at dinner time he would bolt for his oats regardless of how much depended on McClellan's presence on the battlefield at the critical moment, as in the battle of the Antietam. Running at dinner time became so much an obsession with “Burns” that McClellan was always careful not to be mounted on him at that hour of the day.1


General Sherman's horses

General Sherman's best war-horse was killed early in the Civil War, at the battle of Shiloh, where he led the right wing of the Federal army against General A. S. Johnston's Confederate legions. Two of his other chargers were killed while being held by an orderly. Of the many horses that carried Sherman through the remaining years of the struggle, two had

1 The Editor has vivid recollection of “Little Mac” in April, 1862 (then at the height of his popularity), during a ride from Fort Monroe to Big Bethel, being the first day's march of the Army of the Potomac toward Yorktown, Va. The writer commanded the escort (a squadron, Second U. S. Cavalry), and during the ten or twelve miles of the route covered at a gallop, between double lines of infantry, halted for the moment to permit the commanding general to pass, the air was literally “rent” with the cheers of the troops, filled with high hopes of an early entrance to the Confederate capital. As the brilliant staff, headed by the young chieftain of magnetic presence, with bared head, mounted on “Black Burns,” swept along amid clatter of hoof, jingle of equipment, and loud hurrahs, the thought came to the writer that thus the Little Corporal was wont to inspire his devoted legions to loud acclaim of Vive l'empereur. (T. F. R.)

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