Friday, April 3, 2009

Another Epiphany

While writing that last post, another thought occurred to me: most people probably have never gone on a vacation for the explicit purpose of viewing as many Civil War generals' horses' stuffed/buried bodies as possible.

Oh sure, anyone can happen across Rienze at the Smithsonian or Little Sorrel at VMI. And if you're at Washington & Lee, of course you will visit Traveller's tomb.

My family went that extra mile, though.

There's a teeny tiny museum in Philadelphia where you can visit the preserved head of Old Baldy. We went to Philadelphia specifically to see it. I don't think we even stopped at Independence Hall that year.

Also, I distinctly remember tramping around some godforsaken point of unmarked land in Maine trying to pinpoint the spot where Charlemagne lay buried.

If you know the current display/grave site for any other famous Civil War horse, please let me know — I don't have kids yet, but it's never too early to start planning vacations.