The Horse at Gettysburg

Prepared for the Day of Battle

Chris Bagley

Horses are one of the many unsung heroes of the American Civil War.
Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Gettysburg Publishing
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780999304969
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Horses are one of the many unsung heroes of the American Civil War. These majestic animals were impressed into service, trained, prepared for battle, and turned into expendable implements of war.

There is more to this story, however. When an army’s means and survival is predicated upon an animal whose instincts are to flee rather than fight, a bond of mutual trust and respect between handler and horse must be forged. Ultimately, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in thousands of horses killed and wounded. Their story deserves telling, from a time not so far removed.

About The Author

Chris hails from Canton, Ohio, where he resides with his wife Becky. Chris has been a Registered Nurse for 31 years and currently works as a surgical nurse. He became a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park in 2016. He always had a love and fascination of horses from childhood which continues to this day.



Chapter 1
Definition of Terms
Diagram of Anatomy
The Morgan Horse
The Thoroughbred
The Quarter Horse
The Saddlebred
The Standardbred
The Belgian (Brabant)
The Mule
Horse Coloration
The Bay
The Sorrel
The Roan
The Black Horse
The Palomino
The Buckskin
The Gray
The Pinto and the Paint Horse

Chapter 2
Acquisition, Care, and Maintenance
Personal Mounts
Cavalry Requirements and Procedures
Artillery Horse Requirements
Farriers and Veterinary Care
Care of Horses

Chapter 3
Preparing for the Day of Battle
Modern Training Methods
Training during the Civil War Era and Use: Cavalry, Artillery, Medical, and Supply

Chapter 4
Prelude: Lee Invades the North

Chapter 5
July 1, 1863: The First Day of Battle
“Opening the Ball”
The Death of Reynolds
Barlow’s Knoll
A Chance Meeting on the Hill

Chapter 6
July 2, 1863: The Bloodiest Day
Lee and Longstreet
Meade and Sickles
Up the Emmitsburg Road
Little Round Top
The Devil’s Den
The Peach Orchard, The Trostle Farm, and the Emmitsburg Road
Benner’s Hill, East Cemetery Hill, and Culp’s Hill

Chapter 7
July 3, 1863: The Die is Cast
Longstreet’s Assault
East Cavalry Field, South Cavalry Field, and Farnsworth’s Charge

Chapter 8
Retreat and Aftermath

Chapter 9
The Gettysburg Address

Appendix: Order of Battle
About the Author


"An invaluable book not only for those interested in Gettysburg but for anyone with an interest in the Civil War or nineteenth century military practice."

- The NYMAS Review

"...a solid study with its appeal lying in the detailed and enlightening information on horses during the four-year conflict."

- The Civil War Monitor

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