Near Pleasanton in Linn County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Throughout the war a variety of horses were used by both sides. Morgans, American Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter Horses are only a few. The ideal horse was a mare or a gelding, aged four or five years, with a height of 56 to 64 inches (14 to 16 hands) at the shoulders.
The Union army purchased horses while Confederates brought their own mounts from home. When a horse was sick, injured, or killed, the Confederate soldier had 60 days to replace his mount at his own expense. If he could not replace the horse he was forced into the infantry.
By October 1864, after three and a half years of war, horses with the ideal requirements were becoming scarce. Cavalrymen from both sides accepted any horse that was available.
[Photo of] McClellan saddle - widely used by cavalrymen on both sides
Erected 2012 by Kansas State Historical Society.
Location. 38° 8.272′ N, 94° 43.557′ W. Marker is near Pleasanton, Kansas, in Linn County. Click for map. Marker is along the mowed trail, about 0.6 miles SSW of the Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20485 Kansas Highway 52, Pleasanton KS 66075, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Battle of Mine Creek (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chaos at the Crossing (about 700 feet away); Cavalry (about 700 feet away); "Hurra for Kansas!" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lieutenant Colonel Frederick W. Benteen Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nursing the Wounded (approx. 0.3 miles away); Conclusion of Price Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Charge (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Pleasanton.
Also see . . .
1. Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site KS. (Submitted on October 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Mine Creek Battle Summary. (Submitted on October 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Mine Creek Battle at Kansapedia. (Submitted on October 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Animals • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 300 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.