“Traveller,” the most distinguished of the General
's warhorses, was born near Blue Sulphur Springs, in West Virginia
, and was purchased by General Lee
from Major Thomas L. Broun
, who bought him from Captain James W. Johnson
, the son of the gentleman who reared him. General Lee
saw him first in West Virginia
and afterwards in South Carolina
, and was greatly pleased with his appearance.
As soon as Major Broun
ascertained that fact the horse was offered the general as a gift, but he declined, and Major Broun
then sold him. He was four years old in the spring of 1861, and therefore only eight when the war closed.
He was ‘greatly admired for his rapid, springy walk, high spirit, bold carriage and muscular strength.’
When a colt he took the first premium at the Greenbrier Fair
, under the name of Jeff Davis
The General changed his name to Traveller.
He oftenrode him in Lexington
after the war, and at his funeral Traveller followed the hearse.
He was appraised by a board in August, 1864, at $4,600 in Confederate currency.