sometimes fixing their teeth in his arm, sometimes in his leg, generally, however, preferring his scalp.
There was one fellow, known as ‘Old Joe Hooker
,’ who was beyond comparison the most sensitive horse we ever saw. He would tremble with rage if a finger were pointed at him. One day, one of our lieutenants was showing the horses to visiting officers; he innocently called attention to ‘Hooker
,’ accompanying the movement of his finger with some complimentary remark concerning the beast, when ‘Old Joe’ darted forward, ears thrown back, mouth open, teeth set, and eyes flashing.
The trio of officers jumped back more than Joe's length, for, failing to taste of them, he would present his heels.
There was one large black horse which never allowed the blacksmith to lift his hoof while he was standing upon the other three.
It was necessary, when the smith would shoe this horse, to cast the animal; one day the blacksmith, procuring the aid of a half dozen men, proceeded to strap up one of the fore legs of the beast, having fixed a twister upon his nose and a collar upon his neck.
Then the smith passed a rope from the halter, through the collar, back to the horse's hind legs, taking a turn of the rope round one of them.
As soon as this ingenious device was perfected, one man holding the twister and the halter shank, another was to pull on the rope which passed around the horse's hind leg; the horse would naturally lift the other hind leg, and one fore leg being strapped up, inevitably the horse would fall prone upon the ground; the half dozen auxiliaries were then to pounce upon him and hold him to the earth.
The scheme worked with complete success.
The men were seated comfortably upon the body of the horse, watching the smith as he fitted the shoe.
After a while, however, the novelty of the situation wearing off, the men carelessly relaxed their hold; the horse, instinctively perceiving his opportunity, speedily arose, dexterously scattering the blacksmith and his tools, together with the smith's six assistants.
The athletic fellow then stood upon the spot where he had just lain prostrate, and gazed disdainfully upon his discomfited assailants.
It was necessary to repeat the experiment, and the assistants had to exercise unremitting vigilance until the last nail was driven.
While thus alluding to the humors of the camp at Brandy Station
, it occurs to us to notice the curious mistakes that would