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Saturday, June 04, 2011

More Horsing Around at Fort Riley

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me again - Dave!  I hope you've been enjoying our cool adventure to Fort Riley.  Today I want to show you a very special statue over here by the US Cavalry Museum.

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Me, Dave, in front of the Cavalry Museum

Mom wanted me to say first that the Cavalry Museum was built in 1854; it originally was the post hospital.  In 1889, it became the post headquarters and in 1957 the building was turned into a museum.  We had to remind Mom that this is our blog and she doesn't need to turn this into a big "history of Fort Riley" thing... so let's move on to the statue I wanted to show you!

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Civil War Horse Memorial

This statue was donated to the US Cavalry Museum by Paul Mellon (yes, that Paul Mellon) in 1997.  Mellon served and trained at Fort Riley during WWII and was very proud of his service.

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The Civil War Horse statue is dedicated to the million and a half horses and mules of the Union and Confederate Armies who were killed or died from disease during the war.

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The riderless horse is a reminder of the ravages of war.  We should never forget those who sacrificed their lives, who served and serve, so that we can enjoy our freedoms.

Tomorrow, Zim will show you one of his favorite statues on post involving a horse!



  1. That looks like a very heroic horse. We tend to forget that animals play an important role in historic times.

    Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

  2. Thank you Dave (and your Mama!) for sharing these beautiful photos.

    I love the horse photo, very beautiful indeed.

    Jeannie xxxxx

  3. That's a beautiful memorial for horses Dave. It kinda makes us sad too but it's a very important reminder of how important horses were in the Civil War.

  4. Thanks for the comment on Joe's blog. All of the DWB support has been so wonderful. Hug those boys for me.

  5. Wow! Captivating post. The horse statue is astounding...and really captures the time.
    The museum is beautiful! Love the architecture.
    Thanks for showing us this place Dave!

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  6. Is there ghosties in that mansion? It looks like it should have! Cool horse! Good photography!

  7. That is kind of a painful statue to look at. I suppose it is meant to be that way.

    We are enjoying your historic tour.


  8. Such history. Great photos Dave! :)

  9. Hi there pups!

    I'm Lacey the Great Dane. What lovely photos you have on your blog! I think you are all very handsome too. I look forward to reading more about your adventures! I just started my own blog so you can read about mine too, if you'd like!

    Licks and woofs,
    Lacey the great Dane

  10. Hiya Dave

    oh! it seems like there ARE tricks to get around the lines! You have GOT to teach me how to do the Sad Eyes! This Line thing is just unfair!

    Licks and woofs,

  11. Hi, Dave!
    The Museum and the statue of the horse are beautiful.
    I like a lot that you share the history of them.
    Happy saturday!
    Kisses and hugs

  12. we wanna move in to that castle
    Benny & Lily

  13. That statue made me sad :(


  14. Such a poignant reminder to humans of how willingly we animals are to stand by their side, thru good or bad. God bless all the horses, mules, & dogs, and Paul Mellon for that beautiful tribute.

    jack & moo