Loyal Hearts: Histories of American Civil War Canines

Loyal Hearts: Histories of American Civil War Canines #2020

Loyal Hearts Histories of American Civil War Canines Soldiers during the American Civil War adopted many exotic mascots They ranged from alligators to badgers and bear cubs to wildcats but none were as common loyal and affectionate as dogs The total n
  • Title: Loyal Hearts: Histories of American Civil War Canines
  • Author: Michael Zucchero
  • ISBN: 9781889246574
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Soldiers during the American Civil War adopted many exotic mascots They ranged from alligators to badgers and bear cubs to wildcats, but none were as common, loyal and affectionate as dogs The total number of canine mascots from the period is not known, but a few attained minor celebrity status and were memorialized on reunion buttons and monuments In this book, Mike ZuSoldiers during the American Civil War adopted many exotic mascots They ranged from alligators to badgers and bear cubs to wildcats, but none were as common, loyal and affectionate as dogs The total number of canine mascots from the period is not known, but a few attained minor celebrity status and were memorialized on reunion buttons and monuments In this book, Mike Zucchero tells the famous stories of Dog Jack, Harvey, and Sallie, as well as those of lesser known four legged friends For every documented dog in the field, there were dozens that only lived on in the memories of the soldiers Yet dogs were active in their military lives sharing men s trials and tribulations, offering their affection and providing entertainment to soldiers that faced hour upon hour of military boredom or possible death in an instant Unfortunately, many of these mascots likewise became casualties The appeal of a dog mascot seems to have overwhelmed some soldiers so much that they took to dognapping Confederate General Hays men of the Louisiana Brigade abducted the tiny mascot Stonewall from the Richmond Howitzers several times At Sailor s Creek, after fighting around the Lockett Farm and across the Double Bridges, troops of Federal General Andrew Humphreys Second Corps captured a large portion of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia s wagon train and found a litter of puppies among the wagons One of the most famous photographs of the Civil War, taken by Timothy O Sullivan at Appomattox, shows Federal soldiers in front of the Appomattox Courthouse building Upon enlargement, the photograph reveals two soldiers have small dog mascots in their arms, though one blurred as a result of movement during the long exposure Although there is no known written documentation of these canines, the photograph indicates 60 men of the Provost Guard duty had at least two dogs The 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry s multiple dog mascots included Jack and York Early on in the war, as the regiment advanced in line of battle, York patrolled the left flank with Company B while Jack advanced with the right flank York died from the rigors of campaign life leaving Jack the regimental favorite As a sign of their high regard for their beloved mascot, the men clubbed together and bought Jack a 75 silver collar at a time when a soldiers pay was 13 a month Jack was captured with some of the regiment at the battle of Salem Church, Virginia, on May 3, 1863, and held with them as a prisoner of war until he was exchanged for a Confederate soldier Jack disappeared near Frederick City, Maryland, on December 23, 1864, and the men speculated that Jack was killed by robbers for his silver collar Interestingly enough, there was a second dog named Jack of another regiment, the 56th New York Infantry that also received a special collar purchased by the men This Jack fared better despite being wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks, and survived all the regiment s battles and returned home to die of old age Federal Civil War photographs of soldiers are far numerous than photos of Confederates The same is true for dog mascot images the lone Confederate dog photo being of Tinker who served on the crew of a blockade runner As far as stories, there is parity that includes Frank of the Orphan Brigade s 2nd Kentucky Infantry C S that carried his own rations in a haversack specially made for him The last known dog fatality on the battlefield was Charlie of the Georgia Troup Artillery killed in action at the Battle of Cumberland Church only two days before General Lee s surrender.
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    434 Comment

    This is a poorly written and poorly edited book The topic is great and there is a wealth of information if you can wade through the unnecessary information There is too much of an emphasis on the regiments and the battles and too little information about the dogs The Battle of Antietam is covered in at least two sections so a lot of information repeats The Dogs at Antietam could have been a separate chapter combining all of the dogs who served at Antietam both Union and Confederate and the autho [...]

    Worth the read just for the pictures of civil war soldiers with adorable white fluffy dogs I really enjoyed these stories and hearing how much hope animals gave to people during hard times of the civil war Even before we had formal working dogs there were dogs helping our armed forces Honestly only wish there was information and wonderful stories to fill this book Lovely.

    Quite a few typos, and the content was a little too anthropomorphic, but other than that, the book was interesting.

    Too much battle talk, not enough dog talk but great cover art on the copy I have Wish I knew how to add the cover picture to.

    cute stories of canine companions to the troops Most of them strays, so it was like they knew they were needed somewhere.

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