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An “aide” of General Grant A photograph of little “Jeff Davis,” a pony that won General Grant's approval at the siege of Vicksburg by his easy gait. General Grant was suffering with a carbuncle and needed a horse with easy paces. A cavalry detachment had captured a suitable mount on the plantation of Joe Davis, brother of the President of the Confederacy, and that is how the little black pony came by his name. The great Union general was more apt to call him “Little Jeff.” The general used him throughout the siege, but he felt that the commanding general on the battlefield should have a larger mount, and “Jeff Davis” in this photograph is apparently saddled for an orderly or aide. The little horse remained with General Grant until he died.

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