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This equestrian statue stands in a small courtyard adjacent to the United States Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Kansas. This three-quarter sized statue is dedicated to the million and a half horses and mules that perished or were used during the Civil War. It was dedicated in the summer of 1997. This statue was commissioned by Paul Mellon who served at Fort Riley during World War II and sculpture was designed by Tessa Pullan.
The inscription on the monument reads:
" IN MEMORY
OF THE ONE AND ONE HALF MILLION
HORSES AND MULE OF THE UNION AND
CONFEDERATE ARMIES WHO WERE KILLED
WERE WOUNDED, OR DIED FROM DISEASE
IN THE CIVIL WAR"
I used a duplicate image of the cavalry horse statue, from the National Sporting Library & Museum, on my new book cover “General Robert E Lee’s Warhorses” ; Newman Springs Publishing.
I corresponded with the NSL&M and the artist Tessa Pullan to obtain permission. Both are true professionals!
Mr. Mellon commissioned the sculpture after reading an account of the cavalry battle near Middleburg Virginia.