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A Confederate horse at an historic Virginia spot, in May, 1862 When 1861 came, the young men in the North were to be found rather at commercial and indoor pursuits, as compared to those in the South. There the sports of country life appealed in preference, and the rifle and saddle were more familiar than the counting-house. Thus the Confederate cavalrymen saw nothing wrong in the proposition that they should furnish their own mounts throughout the war. The name of the beautiful horse in this photograph was “Secesh.” Its upraised ears and alert expression of interest in the man who is waving his hat in the foreground, to make it look at the camera, proves it a “well-bred” animal. “Secesh” was captured by the Federals in 1862 at Yorktown, and the spot where the photograph was taken is historic. It is the cave excavated in the marl bluff by Cornwallis in 1781, for secret councils.

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