Saddled Cavalry Horse


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Unknown Unknown an0016p.jpg AN-0016 B&W 1010.0016.0000 an0016p Print 4x4 Historic Photographs 1917 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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This Saddled Cavalry Horse was photographed at Fort Whipple near Prescott, Arizona.

Over an estimated 1.5 million equines, horses and mules, perished during the Civil War. Horses were generally purchased for the military from private citizens. At the outbreak of the war, the United States military had not developed a breeding program. However, as the war progressed, the concept of breeding horses specifically for the U.S. Cavalry began to develop as the necessity proved to be invaluable. Horse breeding took on a specific traits modeled from European ideas and the experience of the war.

Source: High Bridge 1865 - the Civil War horse.

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