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.
"Time hath spared the epitaph of Adrian's horse, confounded that of himself."
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