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Date:7/26/2014 7:50:21 AM
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Robert E. Lee and Traveller

Robert E. Lee served as the top Confederate General during the American Civil War. His mount was an American Saddle Bred of the Grayee Eagle Stock. A gorgeous Iron grey horse, 16 hh, with dark mane and long flowing tail. He was noted for his springy walk, good disposition and bouncy uncomfortable trot. but it is written that when General Lee was in the saddle the horses' movements became smooth.
It was before the war that the General first noticed the horse. Captain Joseph M. Broun visited donning a splendid horse. The general commented on the steed noting that he would ride him in the near future. Each time the Captain paid a visit, Robert E. Lee inquired of the horse fondly referring to him as "my colt". Eventually, he purchased the horse naming him "Traveller"
Together they faced the bloodiest war in American History. General Lee relied on Traveller's great courage and stamina during long, tiring campaigns. At the battle in Spotsylvania, he saved the generals' life by rearing to let a whizzing Union Cannon ball pass under his body. They were surely devoted to one another.
Near the end of the war, after the Battle of Antietam, Lee sat astride Traveller for hours watching the disappointing retreat of the Confederate Army across the Potomac river. The enemy army took notice and the Union General Carter wrote:
"The sight of general Lee and his splendid warhorse, Traveller, was a graven image in the heart of every red blooded soldier"
By the end of the war Lee and Traveller where renowned - becoming a national symbol. They remained together until Robert E. Lee's death in 1870. Lee once said,
"Traveller is my only companion, I may also say my pleasure. He and I whenever practical, wander out in the mountains and enjoy sweet confidences."
One year after Lees' death - Traveller fell ill and died, they are buried a few feet from each other at the campus Chapel at Washington & Lee University, Lexington , Virginia.

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