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Rienzi
Photographer: Smithsonian Museum of American History
Caption: Rienzi
Additional Description: Responding to the extraordinary popularity of Thomas Buchanan Read's poem "Sheridan's Ride", General Sheridan gave his horse Rienzi a new name: Winchester. When Rienzi / Winchester died in 1871, he was stuffed and placed in the Military Service Institution at Governor's Island. In 1922 he was moved to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

With foam and with dust the black charger was grey;
By the flash of his eye and red nostril's play
He seemed to the whole great Army to say;
"I have brought you, Sheridan, all the way
From Winchester down to save the day!"

Submitted: October 18, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Database Locator Identification Number: p289231
File Size: 0.098 Megabytes

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