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Famous Horses in History - Traveller

Everyone has seen the photo of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Traveller. The horse was a grey American Saddlebred with black mane and tail. A big 16 hands with a lively walk and high spirits, Traveller was eager to go and hard to keep in check.

Lee described him as having fine proportions, muscular figure, deep chest, short back, strong haunches, flat legs, small head, broad forehead, delicate ears, quick eye, small feet ... who endured toil, hunger, thirst, heat and cold, dangers and suffering.

Traveller had a lot of stamina and was fearless. However, at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Traveller shied and Lee broke both his hands. One account said Lee was standing holding the reins when Traveller shied. Another account said Traveller reared and Lee fell. Anyway Traveller had to be lead by another horse and rider while Lee's hands healed. Later soldiers had to hang onto Traveller to keep Lee from personally leading attacks.

After the Civil War Lee would ride Traveller sometimes 40 miles a day with his daughter riding beside him. On one outing Lee tied Traveller but the horse got loose and was trotting away with a crowd trying to catch him. Lee told the crowd to stop and whistled to Traveller. Traveller whinnied and went trotting back to Lee who caressed him and retied him.

When Lee died Traveller walked behind the hearse. Traveller died a year later after stepping on a nail and getting tetanus. Make sure you get your horse vaccinated.


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