Horses and mules

ucvrelics

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Both armies used up a lot of horses and mules. So what was done with all the dead, did the civilians eat them or were they added to commissary.
When Gen Wilson took Selma Alabama in spring of 65, he had over 500 horses and mules destroyed and dumped in the Alabama river.
 
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Both armies used up a lot of horses and mules. So what was done with all the dead, did the civilians eat them or were they added to commissary.
@atlantis welcome to Soldiers who fought on horseback:Cavalry forum. I apologize for a late reply but as you can see from the various replies all of the responses are correct. Thanks for stopping by
 

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No wonder so many horses died during the war. The work to feed an army was a task in itself. And now imagine having to feed an army... and feed the horses, who eat several times what a man does. Lack of horses and mules or unhealthy ones crippled armies. Look at Bragg's army in late 1863... they could barely move because of the dire horse situation.
 
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