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Dogs of war : and stories of other beasts of battle in the Civil War
Seguin, Marilyn.
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Boston : Branden Pub. Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
155 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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E468.9 .S44 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book is a collection of anecdotal material about some of the animals that served their masters and mistresses faithfully during the Civil War. Although all of the material is documented, some of the stories are admittedly legend, and the facts have probably been greatly embellished over the years. Hopefully, this small sampler of Civil War material will stand as a reminder to humans of the suffering and sacrifice of our animal friends in the brutal conflict from which our country has emerged.

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Library Journal Review

Amid the horror of the Civil War, soldiers sought the solace and friendship that only animals could give. Dogs and horses were brought from home, while chickens, rats, rabbits, lambs, and cows were found or stolen (and some became food for the starving armies). Horses and mules were obviously essential on the battlefield‘General Lee's steed, Traveler, and General Meade's mount, Old Baldy, are given their due‘and dogs and birds served as mascots or guards. The poignant story of Sallie, a mixed-breed dog, guardian of her fallen comrades at Gettysburg, is one of the almost 50 vignettes that Seguin (English, Kent State Univ.) has compiled, along with tales of favorite spotted cows and loyal lambs. Copiously illustrated with photographs and etchings and containing an extensive bibliography, this book provides a unique perspective on the Civil War for the general reader or animal enthusiast. Recommended for larger Civil War collections.‘Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.