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    Colonel Blanden's Double-Nosed Pointer

    Rank has its privileges, including, in this case, a valuable hunting dog. “Anecdote of the ‘Pointer Dog’ and How Colonel Blanden Came By It” "During the halt which the 16th Corps made at Greenville, on its way to Montgomery, Captain Hopkins, then in command of the 44th Missouri regiment, had...
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    Larry Kelly and His Dog, "Watch," Reunited in Eternity

    Albion Winegar Tourgée, historian of the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, recounted the story of Larry Kelly and his dog, Watch, who served in the regiment together until a fateful day in August 1864: “Everyone in the regiment knew Larry. His dog, too, had long been a fixture of the regiment...
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    Dogs At Lincoln's Funeral

    Crowds gathered in Springfield, Illinois, 154 years ago today to lay Abraham Lincoln to rest after his body made its long journey home from Washington, D.C. To all those who knew that the late President loved dogs, it might come as no surprise that a dog would be present at Lincoln’s Springfield...
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    "Guess," The Iron Dog of Frederick, Maryland

    The term “dogs of war” is a well-known figure of speech. But how about a war dog that was literally only a figure? In Frederick, Maryland, is “Guess”—a life-size greyhound statue—that nearly went to war for the Confederates. Guess, from Pinterest For some years before the Civil War, Guess...
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    Ami's SOA Dogs In Camp, Or Can You Spot The Dog?

    Some of the dogs who accompanied soldiers in the Civil War are well-remembered today, thanks, in part, to their portraits. Dog Jack of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was the subject of several CDVs, for instance, or General Rufus Ingalls’s handsome Dalmatian, who appears in a series of...
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    A Fur Coat At Bermuda Hundred, 1864

    Warmest soldier in the army, dog in his fur coat on what looks to be a chilly day. AND, why is there a metal bed pan on a pedestal in their front yard? If that is a soldier's idea of a bird bath in the middle of a war I'll be delighted all day long. Could not reconcile it with my conscience...
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    "Only A Dog" - Tommy of the 165th New York Volunteers (2nd Duryee Zouaves)

    Devoted friend of the enlisted men, Tommy accompanied the 165th New York Volunteers throughout the war, remaining with comrades in the hospital, trekking over many miles to miraculously return to his regiment after a long absence, soldiering through every engagement and escaping with only a...
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    The Mighty Newfoundland Dog

    Bulldogs, terriers, spaniels and mixed-breed dogs of all kinds accompanied soldiers during the Civil War. One of the breeds most frequently mentioned in regimental histories and soldiers’ memoirs is the Newfoundland dog, who appears time and again as a mascot or an individual soldier’s pet...
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    " Whose Dog Are You? " Curly, 11th Ohio, Makes It Home From War

    Advertisements for ' performing dog ' acts were fairly common although this is the most delightful ad I've come across ( 1864 ). While circus acts toured the country, best performers around went to war. They performed magic tricks, like surviving a war. Curly may have made an appearance here...
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    The "Singing" War Dog of Co. F, 5th Massachusetts Infantry

    The band of the Fifth Massachusetts Infantry celebrated the regiment's return home from the war with a concert that was almost, but not quite, drowned out by the "singing" of Company F's dog. (I imagine the Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery might have wished for such a band.) "Everybody...
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    "That Dog Jack" of the 35th Ohio

    A patriotic Kentuckian, brave in battle, devoid of vanity, never a gambler, and an accomplished forager, Jack of Company B, the Thirty-Fifth Ohio regiment, "damaged the confederacy as much as lay in his power by doing his best to eat the rebels out of house and home, which was an approved way to...
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    The Egolf Brothers of the 14th Brooklyn and Their Dog, Leo

    When the Civil War began, the three Pennsylvania-born Egolf brothers, William, John, and Thomas, were living in Brooklyn, NY, with their family. All three would enlist in the 14th NY State Militia, also known as the 84th New York Infantry and the 14th Brooklyn. John, age 21, mustered in May 23...
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    " The Army Has The Strangest Pets... ", Dogs, Squirrels And An Owl Named Minerva

    Our fuzzy buddies have been following armies to war for an awfully long time. I can't source this but you just know armor clad warriors heading for Bosworth Field trailed panting companions. They hung around, the ACW a little warmed by their presence. With thanks to @LoyaltyOfDogs , MotM ...
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    ENDED "Patriotic Pals" - Civil War dog stories for kids

    If you've been looking for this Civil War dog book for children, please check out our website, We're pleased to have a copy available for sale! Author: Chris Stuckenschneider Illustrator: Richard Bernal Details are here:
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    The Faithful Hospital Dog

    Among the many memorable figures that Civil War nurse Sophronia Bucklin recalled in her memoirs is a dog who belonged to one of the regiments at Point of Rocks Hospital. His name may be lost to history, but he was notable for his faithfulness, not only in accompanying soldiers into battle but...
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    A Dog Show at Barnum's Museum, 1862

    [New York Tribune, May 19, 1862]
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    A Civil War veteran and his patriotic dog

    Since this portrait was taken at least five years post-war, it's possible, and maybe even likely, that the dog did not accompany this veteran during the war. But from their pose, it's safe to say that this soldier would have appreciated having a dog -- especially a patriotic dog -- with him. The...
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    ENDED At last! "Sallie" Civil War Dog @ Gettysburg T-shirts In Color!

    For friends who have requested our popular "Sallie" Civil War dog T-shirt in color--or in larger sizes--we are pleased to now offer both as special order items from TeePublic. "Sallie" at Gettysburg T-shirts for adults in color (sizes to 5XL) from TeePublic: For fans of...
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    A sorrowful homecoming for Capt. Hostetter, 34th IL Infantry, and his dog

    One morning after the Battle of Atlanta, as he led a reconnaissance party, Capt. Amos W. Hostetter of Company I, 34th Illinois Infantry, was shot and mortally wounded by Confederate sharpshooters hidden in nearby woods. “The captain was held in high esteem by everyone with whom he came in...
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    Old story of Lincoln rescuing dogs is "news" to me

    We’ve read several stories of Lincoln savings animals from harm, both in his youth and during his years riding the legal circuit in Illinois. This brief tale is a new one to me. It not only shows Lincoln saving some dogs in distress but also relates that he imparted an important lesson to his...
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