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Horses Impact on the Civil War

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Emily Aquino

on 6 November 2013

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The average life expectancy for a horse in the Civil War was about six months.
The soldier with the worst record for losing horses was General Nathan Bedford Forest, who had thirty-nine horses killed in battle.
Some of the famous horses of the civil war are.....
Where horses were provided
How many horses were killed in total
By: Emily Aquino and Arianna Malagon
Facts of horses in
The Civil War are..
Horses and their Impact on the Civil War
"The Traveller" was purchased by General Robert E. Lee in 1862, and its considered to be the most famous horse of the civil war.
General Ulysses S. Grant's horse was the "Cincinnati". "Cincinnati" was the son of of one of the most fastest racehorses (Lexington) that was owned by General Sherman. "Cincinnati" was a gift for him.
Why this topic is so interesting......
The horse was the backbone of the Civil War although many people didn't realize it. Horses moved guns and ambulances, carried generals and messages, and usually gave all they had.
Even General Sherman said, "Every opportunity at a halt during a march should be taken advantage of to cut grass, wheat, or oats and extraordinary care be taken of the horses upon which everything depends."
Northern calvrymen were provided with horses from the government.
The South had to provide their own horses for the war
The Northern states held approximately 3.4 million horses, while there were 1.7 million in the Confederate states. The border states of Missouri and Kentucky had an extra 800,000 horses. In addition, there were 100,000 mules in the North, 800,000 in the seceding states and 200,000 in Kentucky and Missouri. During the war, the Union used over 825,000 horses!
According to our sources The total number of horses and mules killed in the Civil War mounts up to more than one million!
The number killed at the Battle of Gettysburg totaled around 1,500. The Union lost 881 horses and mules, and the Confederacy lost 619.
Whether plodding through choking dust, struggling through mud, rushing up to a position at a gallop, or creeping backward in a fighting withdrawal, the horses always did what they had to do. They served their masters
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