Horses and Mules in the Civil War: A Complete History with a Roster of More Than 700 War Horses

Horses and Mules in the Civil War: A Complete History with a Roster of More Than 700 War Horses

by Gene C. Armistead


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Horses and mules served during the Civil War in greater number and suffered more casualties than the men of the Union and Confederate armies combined. Using firsthand accounts, this history addresses the many uses of equines during the war, the methods by which they were obtained, their costs, their suffering on the battlefields and roads, their consumption by soldiers, and such topics as racing and mounted music. The book is supplemented by accounts of the "Lightning Mule Brigade," the "Charge of the Mule Brigade," five appendices and 37 illustrations. More than 700 Civil War equines are identified and described with incidental information and identification of their masters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786473632
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 333,698
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Gene C. Armistead was a veteran Marine officer of the Vietnam War and the author of several articles, essays and two books about the Civil War.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Introduction 3

1 For Want of a Horse (or Mule) 5

2 Recruiting the Equines 14

3 Costs, Preferences, Transportation and Training 26

4 Lost on the Field of Battle 39

5 Lack of Feed, Bad Roads and Poor Care 49

6 Runaways, Stampedes and Wauhatchie 67

7 The Lightning Mule Brigade 72

8 Hippophagy 82

9 Equines and Morale 87

10 War's End and Remembrance 95

11 The Naming of Civil War Equines 103

12 Roster of Civil War Equine Veterans 107


A Equine Colors and Marks 187

B "Charge of the Mule Brigade" 189

C "General Sheridan's Horse" by Bill Nye 190

D "Here's Your Mule" 192

E Locations of Civil War Equine Artifacts 194

Chapter Notes 196

Bibliography 217

Index 236

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