What can you share on horses killed in action in 19th-century wars?

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What can you share on horses killed in action in 19th-century wars?

Lynn Groom

Tyler, Texas


No one knows just how many equines were killed or wounded in battle, but horses suffered huge casualties during the 19th century, when it came to our Civil War and Indian Wars, and WWI in Europe.

Horses, because of their size, presented a large target. The easiest way to stop a cavalry charge was to shoot the mounts. That practice even extended into the early 20th century, as military leaders were still using 19th-century tactics and equipment.

Cavalry horses were really pampered on the post. Troopers claimed the horses got better treatment than they did! Yet troopers often bonded with their mounts, and some even wept openly when one was K.I.A.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.