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 Posted: Mon Oct 17th, 2011 04:51 am
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Ok, hit my Webb Garrison books. Should have done so in the first place but the one I needed wasn't easily accesible in my collection (I really need to get a new bookshelf). I've got his Civil War Stories (a '97 collection of  his Civil War Curiosities and More Civil War Curiosities and which was released earlier this year for the 150th Anniversary as Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters and Bizarre Events) which has a lovely chapter in the first part on critters other than horses.

Ok, let's see, after the initial paragraph explaining the subject of the chapter (basically mascots and pets) there's a paragraph on the 11th Penn's Sallie. Here she's described as a mongrel rather than as a brindle bull terrier as Sander's describes her in his book.

The next paragraph is on the 6th Iowa's mascot, which Garrison again describes as a mongrel. Noy much here other than they named the dog Jeff Davis.

Next is Jack, the mascot of the 102nd Penn. Garrison does mention he was wounded at Malvern Hill after having gone through previos battles with being wounded and later captured and taken prisoner at Salem Heights, being a POW in Richmond for six months. He was again taken at some later point in the war for just six hours.

Brigadier General Alexander S. Asboth is brought up next for his dog York. Apparently during the Battle of Pea Ridge York remained close to the heels of the General's horse, which resulted in the artist for Leslie's Weekly drawing York and the General during the battle.

Then comes the first Confederate mascot/pet. Sawbuck, described as a black and white bird dog, was the mascot of the 4th Louisian Brigade. Apparently Sawbuck knew the bugle call for attack enemy positions because some sergeant the dog liked the most reported the dog would go into battle and run up and down the line to watch the fighting.

The next story Garrison makes clear there's a little uncertainty who the dog belonged to. It was a bulldog he says is believed to have belonged to Company D of the 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Like Sawbuck, this unnamed dog apparently liked battle.... as long as it didn't affect him. According to an observer the dog tried catching balls (either minnie balls or artillery shells) out of the air until his tail got shot then he high-tailed it to the rear. Sorry for the pun there.

Up next is an unnamed Newfie. A Capt E.R. Monfort recorded "a very large Newfoundland dog" had wandered into the brigade's camp and became it's mascot. At the Battle of McDowell (Garrison incorrectly says it was April instead of May) the dog was reported to run back and forth in front of Monfront's unit, trying to catch bullets. The end result was the dog ended up catching them alright, his body was riddled with bullets which was the end of the unnamed Newfie. I found a Lt. E.R. Monfort served with the 75th Ohio during the Chancellorsville campaign, if this is the same man and Garrison got the month right then it may have actually been the Battle of Monterey where the Newfie bought it.

Another Ohioian in the chapter was Captain Werner Von Bachelle who trained his dog to preform salutes. Garrison records that the dog was always beside it's master and when Von Bachelle was killed at Antietam the dog stood guard over the body even after the Von Bachelle's men abandoned the line.

The next six paragraphs deal with bloodhounds. The first two paragraphs are about a pack of bloodhound, according to Brigadier General Rufus Saxton, which belonged to a Confederate cavalry unit and which he said attacked one of his scouting parties along with their masters. According to General Saxton, the scouting party killed three of the doggs which threw the entire attack into disorder. Saxton did not report any humans on the Confederate side being killed. The next two deal with the 1st SCCT's retreat near a battle near Pocotaligo, SC. The Confederates released bloodhounds to track them down but the colored troops fought back, at least one dog ended up with a broken broken leg and five were bayonetted, their bodies taken back to camp as trophies. The final two of these six bloodhound paragraphs deal with Federal prisoners at a prison in Columbia, SC in 1864. Lt. A.O. Abbott of the First NY Dragoons records that two bloodhounds entered the camp and were killed using an ax they'd managed to find. They were then dumped into an abandoned well. They had been part of a pack used to make sure no prisoner escaped.

The last dog story (after this one it the chapter starts getting into other animals) is actually a pre-war story concerning Lee. According to the Story Lee once rescued a dog he found trying to stay alive in the water between Fort Hamilton and Staten Island, NY. He named her Dart. One of her pups, Spec, was allowed to litterally go to church with the Lees. By Literaly I mean the dog was allowed to enter the church during services rather than have to wait outside.


The chapter then gets into other animals. Sheep, squirrels, bears, badgers, a pelican, a racoon, a camel, an ox (little story about how a NY unit deemed it a pet and got so ticked off when the regimental cooks slaughtered it that they refused any of the meat), a lizard, and various birds.


There is a thing on Old Abe I found interesting based on you're comment from the link I posted, Pender. It may not have been the Confederates in general who called him a Yankee Buzzard. According to what Garrison writes some Confederates called him "that Yankee eagle" while the Confederates at Vicksburg during the siege were the ones who called him "that Yankee buzzard."

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