War dogs of the Civil War?

major bill

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Forum Host
Aug 25, 2012
The military has a long history of using dogs in war. I know there are many Civil War photographs showing dogs, but most appear to be pets or mascots. Did either side use dogs in a more military way? Dogs could have been useful as guards and early warning situations. I have seen where dogs were used to track escaped prisoners of war. Does anyone have information on other uses of dogs during the Civil War?