Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
We've used horses in warfare since someone figured out they'd be handy. Romanticized war horses gallop through world history. You didn't need a war- image is of a joust circa 1440. What you never see is the rest of the story. Keeping horses around is messy and expensive, keeping thousands? Ask Giesboro's Quarter Master, 1863.
Sorry, thread title is a stretch. More than one horse and he'll throw in the manure. So a deal. Hate to post this in ' Four Footed Friends ', you'll see why. Also why Tom Sawyer and this guy had a lot in common.
I'm sorry but this is hysterical. Giesboro Point housed the massive, sprawling cavalry depot built around 1863 on land purchased from the Young family. Depot replaced the horse-clearing house near the treasury building smack in the middle of Washington. Huge. 200,000 horses passed through Giesboro, bought, sold, sent to regiments or died. Have a feeling military authorities forgot to take into consideration what happens when a horse eats. Grew up under a mandate barn clothes were left on the back porch. No idea why, philistines in the family insisted the odor was objectionable. Times how many horses at Giesboro?
One of the corrals at Geisboro Point's ginormous ' horse depot '.
The other problem was, with so many horses, quite a few died from disease and probably age. Horse dealers were not known by their adherence to codes of honor- you just know quite a few extremely elderly equines changed hands. We've heard of those awful, post battle bonfires dealing with horses killed in battle. Burying a horse is arduous beyond belief, fires impossible so close to D.C.'s civilian population- what to do?
Yes, the proverbial glue factory paid a certain amount. It wasn't a lot, said factories being aware an entire beast was tough to dispose of and beasts were literally everywhere. Wording is fall-down funny- " The party to whom the privilege is awarded ..... ". Tom Sawyer's fence. Quarter Master does Tom one better. You paid to clean up Geisboro.
Yes, all this could be yours for the low, low cost of 500 bucks, S and H all yours, too. If you could scrape together 500 dollars for the bond. It sounds like the privileges being paid for were separate- there was a manure bond and a dead horse bond- only $1,000 and it was yours. That's around $30,000 today. Acre of land was around 5 bucks, a posh new home in NYC was around $2500. If you bought a smaller house you'd be able to afford Geisboro's manure.
Come buy both but hurry up- could be gone tomorrow.
Manure was a problem for the single family maintaining their transportation in the back yard, much less livery stables, much less Geisboro's hoard of busy digestive systems. Those who collected it were unlikely to have 30K laying around plus may have expected money to flow the other way. Manure wasn't exactly a commodity. Cannot find a record of how successful was this ad, may be a reason.
This stable yard, dwarfed by nearby Giesboro was smack in the middle of a neighborhood right across from the Capitol. Wonder who bought his manure?