A wonderful collection of Civil War dog photos

John Hartwell

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Wonderful thread!
I've seen many of these pictures, but too often missed the four-footed element.
That French ACW forum is a favorite of mine, but somehow I missed that 'dogs' thread -- three packed pages of them! Whoever member "Spy" is he has a mighty good "Eye."

I like this one:
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If it weren't for that paw, you would never know there's a dog there! Seeing that, you can make out the top of the head, and ears.
 

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Wonderful thread!
I've seen many of these pictures, but too often missed the four-footed element.
That French ACW forum is a favorite of mine, but somehow I missed that 'dogs' thread -- three packed pages of them! Whoever member "Spy" is he has a mighty good "Eye."

I like this one:
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If it weren't for that paw, you would never know there's a dog there! Seeing that, you can make out the top of the head, and ears.
It moved and blurred.
 

Burning Billy

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In the 1890s an elderly Union veteran in a soldier's home sketched his memories of the war. Among the images in his sketchbook are two of the dogs of 11th Illinois, "Old Heenan" and "Old Honesty."

Although it does not contain photographs I hope the OP won't mind me reposting it here.


I love the sketches of the dogs not just because they are wonderfully drawn, but because they demonstrate how much the dogs meant to many of the veterans. Decades had passed since the dogs had presumably passed on, but Mr. Ransom thought they were important enough to include when sketching his memories of the civil war.
 

LoyaltyOfDogs

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In the 1890s an elderly Union veteran in a soldier's home sketched his memories of the war. Among the images in his sketchbook are two of the dogs of 11th Illinois, "Old Heenan" and "Old Honesty."

Although it does not contain photographs I hope the OP won't mind me reposting it here.


I love the sketches of the dogs not just because they are wonderfully drawn, but because they demonstrate how much the dogs meant to many of the veterans. Decades had passed since the dogs had presumably passed on, but Mr. Ransom thought they were important enough to include when sketching his memories of the civil war.

He was quite an artist, and I'll bet the dogs loved him as much as he loved them. I wonder how "Old Honesty" got his name. There's probably some story behind it.
 

LoyaltyOfDogs

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There are two dogs in this picture.

It does look like two, @Karen Lips, but since they look nearly identical (as littermates often do) I got curious and enlarged them for a closer look. I think it may be one dog, double-exposed in two different sitting positions. Much of the blurry dog appears very light, but in the outlined area he's darker and more defined. This appears to be where the dog's position sitting up on his haunches and sitting with his feet on the ground would overlap, which I think would produce a darker image in that area. But I'm not a photographer and could be wrong.

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Karen Lips

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It does look like two, @Karen Lips, but since they look nearly identical (as littermates often do) I got curious and enlarged them for a closer look. I think it may be one dog, double-exposed in two different sitting positions. Much of the blurry dog appears very light, but in the outlined area he's darker and more defined. This appears to be where the dog's position sitting up on his haunches and sitting with his feet on the ground would overlap, which I think would produce a darker image in that area. But I'm not a photographer and could be wrong.

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LoyaltyOfDogs

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Wonderful thread!
I've seen many of these pictures, but too often missed the four-footed element.
That French ACW forum is a favorite of mine, but somehow I missed that 'dogs' thread -- three packed pages of them! Whoever member "Spy" is he has a mighty good "Eye."

I like this one:
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If it weren't for that paw, you would never know there's a dog there! Seeing that, you can make out the top of the head, and ears.

i had missed this guy under the chair with his back to the camera.

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LoyaltyOfDogs

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I'm looking forward to learning more about this photo, which appears earlier in this thread (and has been popular on Pinterest). Recently I ran across a FB post dated 2019 by a Wyoming historian who said a researcher colleague has identified the dog as Jefferson Davis, the regiment's mascot during 1864 and 1865. The post indicated the researcher plans to eventually publish something about the 7th Illinois and its dog. I'll keep an eye out for this. In the meantime, here is a link to a wonderfully colorized version of this picture, which was published by the British newspaper the Daily Mail on its website.

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