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Traveller: American Civil War Horse of General Robert E. Lee

Updated on April 28, 2017

Traveller - General E Lee's Gallant Horse

Traveller was a great horse that carried General E. Lee of the Confederate Army into many deadly battles in the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. Traveller was iron gray in color, but General Lee once wrote about him, describing him as "Confederate Gray" in a letter to Markie Williams, who needed a description of the horse in order to do a portrait of him, according to Wikipedia.

Traveller was a good horse in battle because he was not easily frightened. However, the horse did become frightened at the second Battle of Bull Run. General Lee was off the horse and holding the reigns tight when Traveller plunged down and Lee was pulled down on a stump and ended up breaking both his hands.

A Horse Named Traveller

General Lee and his horse Traveller
General Lee and his horse Traveller | Source

Traveller and his Legacy

After the war, General Lee took Traveller back to Lexington where he lived on the campus of Washington University, later named Washington and Lee University. Those who wanted a souvenir of Traveller and Lee would pluck a hair from the horse's tail. Lee passed away in 1870 and Traveller was in the procession draped in black. Traveller died a year after General Robert E. Lee. Traveller stepped on a nail and developed tetanus. There was no cure for tetanus. Traveller was euthanized and put out of his misery in 1871. His remains are buried next to Lee Chapel, a few feet away from the Lee crypt, where his master is buried, on the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The stable doors where Traveller lived remain open to allow his spirit to roam free.

The Amercan Civil War 150th Year Observance

The 150th Anniversary of the commencement of the Civil War was April 12, 2011. The Civil War began in 1861 at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. The nation will commemorate the Civil War over the next five years with various museums and libraries throughout the country having lectures and exhibitions. Many battles were fought and many men lost their lives. They will all be remembered. Traveller and many other war horses were part of American history and will also be remembered.

Second Battle of Bull Run

Second Battle of Bull Run
Second Battle of Bull Run | Source

Many Lives Lost in the Civil War of 1861

The American Civil War is the bloodiest war in the nation’s history. The war resulted in over 600,000 deaths, which is unimaginable. The total deaths amounted to 2% of the U.S. population. In today’s numbers, that would be equivalent to nearly six million people dead. The Civil War put brother against brother, North against South, and The Union, or all the states that supported the US Federal Government, against the Confederacy, the southern portion of states that did not want to end slavery. Several Southern slave states seceded from the Union and became the Confederate States of America. The Confederate states were rebelling against the notion to end slavery. In 1865, after four long years and over 10,000 military engagements, Confederate Leader, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant of the North and the Union announced victory over the Confederates. Not only did the end of the war end the Confederacy, it also meant the end of slavery. In addition, since the Union was victorious, the federal government’s role was strengthened.

The Battle of Cold War

Battle of Cold War
Battle of Cold War | Source

Battles Fought to the Bitter End

The Civil War Commemorations over the next five years are a way to remember the past. However, historians are saying that it is not a celebration of the Civil War. Many lives were lost and many lives that were changed because of it. Over three million men fought in the four year civil war. According to Wikipedia, 620,000 lives were lost including ten percent of all Northern males between the ages of 20 to 45. In addition, 30 percent of all Southern white males between the ages of 18 to 40 also died. The death toll in this war is astonishing. As we look back and remember the good things that came out of the Civil War we must remember the young men who died. The end of the war was bittersweet. The Union won and the US was united again. There was an end to slavery in the South. The federal government became stronger than ever, forever impacting the future of the United States.

The End of the Bloodiest War in US History

General Lee and General Grant at the Surrender
General Lee and General Grant at the Surrender | Source

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