Top 10 Famous War Horses in History
Maharana Pratap, the ruler of the Rajputs of North India, rode Chetak. On June 21, 1576, the stallion died as a result of an injury sustained at the Battle of Haldighati. The Rajputs and the Mughals battled each other in this fight. At Haldighati, where Chetak was killed, Pratap erected a memorial to his horse. It is situated in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district. Chetak occurs in several local songs and folk stories. Because of the blue hue on his coat, he is referred to as the “blue horse” in several poetry.
Bucephalus is maybe history’s first celebrity horse. Alexander the Great, one of history’s greatest warriors, favoured the horse. Bucephalus, described by historians as a gigantic monster, was obtained by Alexander when he was 13 years old, according to tradition. It fought with its master in a number of wars. The horse died as a result of the deadly injuries it received at the Battle of Hydaspes, which took place in 326 BC between Alexander and Indian ruler Porus. On the banks of the Jhelum River, Alexander established a city named Bucephala in honour of his beloved horse. It may be found in modern-day Pakistan.
During the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee, the main general of the Confederates Army, had a favourite horse named Traveller. He was born in 1857 as a grey American Saddlebred and was originally named Greenbier. Lee purchased him in 1862. In battle, the horse was recognised for its speed, power, and bravery. He accompanied the General through several battles and after the war. Traveller contracted tetanus in 1871 and was shot to death to alleviate the suffering since there was no cure.
In Polish, her name means “chestnut,” which explains her complexion. She had been owned by Ludwik Popiel until being purchased by Pilsudski in 1914. During the First World War, she accompanied her master to several engagements fought by Polish Legions on the side of Austro-Hungary and Germany. On November 11, 1927, at the Polish Independence Day procession on Saxon Square in Warsaw, Pilsudski rode Kasztanka for the final time. Kasztanka passed away on November 23, 1927.
Marengo, owned by former French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, is one of the most famous battle horses of all time. The stallion was called after the Battle of Marengo, which took place between France and Austria, and in which it exhibited incredible ability and securely transported the Emperor. Marengo was an Egyptian breed that was brought to France in 1799. He followed Napoleon on several of his wars, notably the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, where the British troops destroyed Napoleon. Marengo was seized during the war by Lord Petre, a British commander, and lived in England until its death in 1831.
Palomo was the horse of Simon Bolivar, Latin America’s “liberator.” He was a gift to Bolivar from an elderly peasant lady called Casilda, who had a dream of giving a horse to a famous commander, according to local legend. Palomo is a tall white horse with a long tail, according to the description. Bolivar rode him on multiple expeditions throughout the independence war from their encounter in 1819. Palomo died in the custody of one of Bolivar’s officers after a hard march.
Lord Arthur Wellesly, Duke of Wellington’s famed battle horse was Copenhagen. He was bred by General Grosvenor and raced a few times after being born in 1808. In honour of the British triumph in the Second Battle of Copenhagen, he was given this name. In 1813, Lord Wellington bought him and used him in a number of military engagements. Copenhagen fought alongside Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, when he was defeated. It withdrew after the fight and spent the rest of its days in the Duke’s stable. On February 12, 1836, the horse died.
Cincinnati was one of three legendary battle horses owned by Ulysses S. Grant, an American Civil War officer and subsequently President. Lexington, one of America’s quickest horses at the time, was his father. Cincinnati was a gift to Grant from an admirer during the American Civil War, and it followed him on several campaigns, becoming his favourite. In most of his memorials, Grant is pictured riding the Cincinnati. Abraham Lincoln, the renowned president, was a huge fan of Cincinnati, which he used to ride every day. Admiral Daniel Ammen’s property in Maryland was where the horse died in 1878.
The US Army’s Comanche was a legendary combat horse noted for being the only survivor of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Captain Myles Keogh of the 7th Cavalry rode the horse, which was purchased by the army in 1868. He was given this name because of his courage and loyalty during the battle against the Comanche, when he carried Keogh even after he was wounded. In the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, the Comanche carried Keogh, but none of the troops survived. Although several other horses were discovered to have survived, Comanche was identified as the lone survivor. In 1887, he was promoted to honorary Second Commanding Officer of the 7th Cavalry. Comanche passed away in 1891.
1 Sergeant Reckless
Staff Sergeant Reckless, a distinguished war horse with official military rank in the United States, was a Mongolian horse mare. She was acquired for $250 from a Korean stableboy at the Seoul racecourse in October 1952, who needed money to get a prosthetic leg for his sister. During the Korean War, the horse was utilised to transport supplies and weaponry as well as to evacuate wounded men. She was well-known for her wit and ability to travel alone. She conducted 51 solo flights in a single day during the Battle for Outpost Vegas in 1953. In 1954, she was promoted to sergeant and retired.