January 4th, 2015
History is chock full of great men, but some might argue that a man of the past would have been nothing without his trusty steed. Great generals who came from the cavalry era had to rely on their horses for transportation, but they also had to trust them as a force and an ally. Here are some of the most famous horses great generals rode.
Alexander the Great and Bucephalus
This is a duo nearly as famous as they get. Hardly anyone can forget this trustworthy horse and his master, who met back in 344 B.C. An outrageous black stallion found in the wild, Alexander trained him and made a friend of him, and the two went on to conquer most of the known world – before Alexander even turned 25! They remained companions and partners until Bucephalus was about 30 years old.
Robert E. Lee and Traveller
Lee was the highest Confederate General during the Civil War in America and his horse, Traveller, was known for being a gorgeous Grayee Eagle Stock breed with a happy disposition. It was common knowledge that the horse had a bit of an awkward gait except for when General Lee was riding him; then, his strides would turn long and smooth.
Napoleon and Marengo
Although he kept over 80 horses in a stable, Napoleon’s favorite was by far the tiny horse named Marengo. Because of his small size, Napoleon liked having a horse that was equally small and therefore easy to control. The two survived 15 years of war together, and Marengo outlived many horses born much later than him.
Images via Wikipedia.com
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