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General R. E. Lee's War-Horses.


slowly, sometimes halting, at every moment fearing a shell from the belching batteries, which had heard the creaking of the train and were "feeling" for our position. The glare and the boom of the guns, the dead silence broken only by a sob from some terrified heart, all filled up a few moments of time never to be forgotten.

But we entered the city safely just as the moon was rising, and the next morning I handed my friend his daughter. A few days after the batteries closed the gap on the Weldon road, cutting off Peters- burg and Richmond from the South, and compelling General Lee to prepare for retreat.


In Vol. XVIII, pp. 388-391, Southern Historical Society Papers, some account is given of the horses " Traveler" and " Lucy Long " used by General Robert E. Lee during the late war. Since that publi- cation, additional interesting information of these and other horses used by General Lee has been furnished by a member of his family, as follows :

" Soon after General Lee went to Richmond, in the Spring of 1861, some gentlemen of that city presented him with a handsome bay stallion, who was given the name of ' Richmond ' by General Lee. After the death of General Robert S. Garnett, who fell at Carrick's Ford, West Virginia, July 14, 1861, General Lee was sent to take command in that locality. He carried ' Richmond ' with him. Whilst in West Virginia he purchased a horse which was afterward known as ' The Roan.' When General Lee returned to Richmond, in the Autumn of 1861, he brought ' Richmond ' and ' The Roan ' with him. When he went that winter, to the coast of Carolina and Georgia, he left ' Richmond ' behind as he was not in good condition, and took only ' The Roan ' with him to the South.

" In February, 1862, General Lee bought from Captain Joseph M. Broun, quartermaster of the Third Virginia Infantry, the grey horse so well-known to the public as ' Traveller.' The horse was the prop- erty of the brother of Captain Broun, Major Thomas L. Broun, also of the Third Virginia, but who was then in Virginia. The horse was of the ' Grey Eagle ' stock, and was raised by Mr. Johnston, of the Blue Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier county, Virginia, (now West Vir- ginia.) Asa colt, under the name of 'Jeff. Davis,' he took the first premiums at the fairs held in Lewisburg, in 1859 and 1860. He was