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 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2007 06:36 pm
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Miss Patty:

The war may well have been harder on the animals than the men. Later in the war, when the value of the animals was realized, Union Cavalry, at least, did not eat until their mounts were cooled, fed and curried. Artillery units did carry their own farrier and forge. (I'll have to get back to you on whether a single battery had its own.)

Cavalry also carried a farrier and forge. (Again, I'll have to get back to you on the size of the units with regulations applying.)

Lincoln is said to have remarked, when a Confederate raid netted 200 mules and a brigadier general: "I can make a brigadier this afternoon, but those mules cost $200 apiece."

Early in the war, "horse savvy" was hard to find (but probably more prevalent in the gray than the blue). Aside from learning to ride, the recruits had to be taught how to take care of their mounts.

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