1966-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1966 May Voice RS - Page 74

DESCRIPTION OF TRAVELER AS DICTATED By General Robert E. Lee to his daughter, Agnes, at Lexington, Virginia , after the War in response to some artist who had asked f0r a description. “If I were an artist like you, I would draw a true pic­ ture of Traveler, representing his fine proportions, muscu­ lar figure, deep chest and short back, strong haunches, flat legs, small feet, and black mane and tail. Such a picture would inspire a poet, whose genius could then de­ pict his worth and describe his endurance of toil, hunger, thirst, heat, cold, and the dangers and sufferings through which he has passed. He could dilate on his sagacity and affection, and his invariable response to every wish of his rider. He might imagine his thoughts, through the long night marches and days of battle through which he has passed. But I am no artist, I can only say that he is a Confederate gray. I purchased him in the mountains of Virginia in the autumn of 1861, and he has been my pa­ tient follower ever since—to Georgia, the Carolinas, and back to Virginia. He carried me through the Seven Days battle around Richmond, the ’second Manassas, at Sharps- burg, Fredericksburg, the last day at Chancellorsville, to Pennsylvania, at Gettysburg, and back to Rappahannock. From the commencement of the campaign in 1864, at Orange ’till its close around Petersburg the saddle was scarcely off his back, as he passed through the fire of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbour, and across the Tames River He was almost m daily requisition in the winter of 1864-65 on the long line of defenses from Chica- hominy, north of Richmond, to Hatcher s Run, south of the Aonomattox. In the campaign of 1865, he bore me from Petersburg to the final days at Appomattox Court House You must know the comfort he is to me in my nresent retirement. He is well supplied with equipments. Two sets have been sent to him from England, one from the ladies of Baltimore, and one was made for him in Richmond - but I think his favorite is the American saddle from St Louis Of all his companions in toil, ‘Richmond,’ ‘Brown Roan,’ ‘Ajax,’ and quiet ‘Long,’ he is the only one that retained his vigor. The first two expired under their enormous burden, and the last two failed. You can, I am sure, from what I have said, paint his portrait. General Robert E. Lee upon his fatuous mount, Traveler Th. ti ,„ , , , o could have all contributed to his making The moneers nf t * ' uoroughbred, Morgan, and the Naraganset V tributes today to our walking horses from the identical brouSht much of the Foundation Blood poise and conformation he resembles the walkina horse n( in? ° Vir9iuia where Traveler ice: d. In 9e?jerfl quenl throughout Virginia in many public buildings ' ZS ^eneral^on from the prints and 'paintings that a