previous next

Exchanging horses.

On an expedition such as the ‘Ohio Raid’ the exchanging, or impressment, of horses is a military necessity. When Morgan crossed the Ohio River his men were riding fine Kentucky horses, many of them thoroughbred, peculiarly adapted to service on a long and exhausting raid into an enemy's country, but they had their limitations. Traveling rapidly and continuously a distance of a thousand miles was too much, even for horses that were ‘bred in Old Kentucky, where the meadow grass is blue.’ When the Kentucky cavalryman exchanged his faithful equine freind for an Indiana or Ohio farm horse, he did so reluctantly, even tearfully, and felt that he had made a bad ‘trade.’ Some of the raiders necessarily ‘swapped horses’ three or four times within twenty-four hours. To the cavalryman who is far from his base, and dismounted, visions of prison life appear, and if a horse is anywhere within reach he will ‘capture’ it, peacefully if he can, forcibly if he must.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Ohio (United States) (1)

Visualize the most frequently mentioned Pleiades ancient places in this text.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Vernon Morgan (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: