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“I can Only Say He is a Confederate Gray” — Lee on ‘Traveller’
Photographer: Michael Miley, photographer, and Adam Plecker, retouch artist
Taken: 1866
Caption: “I can Only Say He is a Confederate Gray” — Lee on ‘Traveller’
Additional Description: This famous photograph of Lee on Traveller was taken by Miley, of Lexington, in September, 1866. In July of that year Brady, Gardner, and Miley had tried to get a photograph of the general on his horse, but the weather was so hot and the flies accordingly so annoying that the pictures were very poor. But the September picture has become probably the most popular photograph in the South. In the Army of Northern Virginia the horse was almost as well known as his master. It was foaled near the White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia, and attracted the notice of General Lee in 1861. Lee’s affection for it was very deep and strong. On it he rode from Richmond to Lexington to assume his duties as president of Washington College. During the remainder of his life Traveller was his constant companion. His son records that the general enjoyed nothing more than a long ride, which gave him renewed energy for his work. In one of his letters while away from home he said: “Ho is Traveller? Tell him I miss him dreadfully, and have repented our separation but once—and that is the whole time since we parted.” —text accompanying the photograph in the 1911 book The Photographic History of the Civil War in Ten Volumes, edited by Francis Miller.
Submitted: August 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Database Locator Identification Number: p488799
File Size: 0.422 Megabytes

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