The Tale of a Horse

I am back, and bearing gifts! Three, count ’em, three chapters! I couldn’t help myself. I am excited for the chaos about to ensue with the end of Part 1 inching closer. Once Part 1 is done and posted at the end of February, I will take March to regroup and start spinning out Part 2 in April.

Like Part 1, Part 2 is basically written, I just have to go in and correct details, touch up the grammar and punctuation, add some things here and there, and make sure the plot is in line with everything already posted.

Today, I wanted to talk about the little nugget of history I hinted at during my last full post. Drum roll please!

Introducing Little Sorrel! Kudos to those of you who recognized the name. For those of you who didn’t, don’t fret. I didn’t actually know about Little Sorrel until I went researching horses from history.

Little Sorrel (Sorrel, a term used for horses chestnut or reddish in color) was a Morgan horse with the Union in the Civil War, before the Confederates took control of a train at Harper’s Ferry in 1861 that was transporting horses in one of its cars.

Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson received two chestnut colored horses as his own, giving one to his wife. He named his horse Big Sorrel, but soon realized his wife’s horse, Fancy, was much better suited to being a war horse, because of his calm demeanor, which is a general characteristic of the breed. I can imagine that was an interesting conversation.

Jackson: “Honey, I know you love that horse, but I’m gonna take Fancy into battle. I am also changing his name.”

Wife: -Enter expletives here.-

I wouldn’t have been too happy either.

Now I don’t know a whole lot about horses, but I am sure at least a few of you have heard of the breed. From what I have read, Morgan horses are direct descendants of the original Justin Morgan horse, born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1789. Best known for their endurance, speed, and agility, they are short but stocky, and have fewer problems with their legs and feet than other, longer legged breeds do.

Little Sorrel carried Jackson into battle at Chancellorsville in 1863, where friendly-fire mortally-wounded Jackson. Having survived the Civil War, Little Sorrel went on to live until the age 36, dying in 1886. As macabre as it sounds, he was given to a taxidermist who mounted his hide on a plaster model. Little Sorrel is still on display at the Virginia Military Institute, behind glass.

Extra Fun Fact: Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s horse was named Traveller, a gray American Saddlebred.

I got most of my info from here and here, if you want to read the full articles.

Let me know if there is anything you have read in Blood 4 Honor that you want to talk about. I know I could probably expound on a certain bowl of mint and basil infusion. Maybe you guys will read about it next week. I am also open to questions concerning the story. I will answer those only if it does not carry spoilers, of course.

Blood 4 Honor: Part 1. Chapter 10. Iylara (offline-in editing process)
Blood 4 Honor: Part 1. Chapter 11. Jai (offline-in editing process)
Blood 4 Honor: Part 1. Chapter 12. Iylara (offline-in editing process)

Many Blessings,
Emma Lee

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