A Horse Of A Different Color


During the US Civil War the US Army separated horses by their color, assigning each color to an individual Company. General George Armstrong Custer continued the practice when he was placed in charge of his beloved US 7th Cavalry. General Custer, and other ranking US Army officers, believed that during the stress and confusion of battle it would be easier for Troopers to locate their assigned Company by merely seeing similar color horses.

The photo below was taken at Fort Abraham Lincoln in North Dakota. It is in a reconstructed 7th Cavalry stable. Unfortunately it's not as clear as I would like, the result of trying to keep the image size reasonable for loading time. Click the photo for a larger version in a new window.





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