Looks like an Ovcharka a bit. If they had one there, no one got away without some pain. We have three, sweethearts to those they love, holy terrors on everything. My son had two in Afghanistan where they are called Koochi Dogs. They went bananas anytime an Afghani was within 400 yards of their COP.
Once again Billo I"m on the floor laughing, GOTTA love billo he has a great sense of humor!!!!!!!!Let me be the first to say that there were no known dog confederates. I won't believe it and refuse to look at any proof. Sure, there were probably some dogs in the ANV but they had been brought by their masters and weren't carried on the official rosters.
I dont think I have seen this breed before, any one know why the dogs from Europe are so BIG!!! what is the other big ones is it an Irish wolf hounds???? wow they are really big!!!I was just looking at this page today and found it was already posted in here. I really enjoyed the article. I had always wondered about using dogs during the war. Could you imagine using dogs as a charging force? Imagine 2k dogs charging in front of Picketts men at Gettysburg.
I had read somewhere that Andersonville had huge guard dogs, some 200 pounds and almost 7 feet long. Reminds me of those huge dogs the Russians use in their prisons today. They are enormous. Caucasion Ovcharka.
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According to the memoir of Colonel Richard Coulter of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, with whom Sallie served as mascot, she was indeed female, and had four litters of pups while accompanying the regiment. But your question is a good one in light of the fact that the stories of some famous Civil War dogs have not been as well documented as Sallie's. Perhaps most notable among these is the story of "Grace," the dog of the 2nd Maryland CSA, who was killed in the fighting at Culp's Hill. Grace's gender and actual name are unknown, and it is possible that "Grace" is a name given to the dog after the fact, based on the episode recounted by General Thomas Kane. In a letter, General Kane told how the dog licked someone's hand even after having been shot numerous times. General Kane had the dog buried with honors “as the only Christian minded being on either side.”
It was a nickname of sorts, actually short for Sallie Ann Jarrett, her full name. She was named for two people, the 11th Pennsylvania's original commanding officer, Colonel Phaon Jarrett, and a young lady of West Chester, Pennsylvania, where the regiment was first mustered into service at Camp Wayne. Patriotic local citizens often visited the camp, enjoying the regiments' dress parades and bringing gifts for the soldiers. Sallie the dog was one of these gifts, given to Sergeant William Terry of the 11th's Company I by a local gentleman. Here is a link to donna's thread about Sallie, which you may enjoy:Maybe it was short for Salvador?
I have seen some books say that "Sallie" was actually a male dog that had been either erroneously or jokingly given a female name
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