National Geographic : 1923 Nov
458 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Sculptured otherwise than upon his .5 favorite charger. To do differently would break the spell of a thousand u ° years. In modern war, generals are enabled . g to command armies of incredible size ._c - o° by utilizing automobiles, telephones, , oo . and telegraph wires; but when it -r0 Uo $ comes to actual leadership of units in open warfare, the commander must " ) o have his horse at hand. ° When some future Congress shall - decree that a statue of General Per shing, the only American who ever commanded a million men in battle, . shall be erected in the Capital of the .- Nation, it is impossible that a sculptor Z"o ° should think of representing him S~ seated at a telephone or in an automo - bile. FAMOUS HORSES OF GREAT GENERALS S=o - The celebrity that has attended the zoz horses of all ages which have carried ~ y" successful generals in battle has led to -°= 0 s their selection as models by artists and .o -- sculptors, but unhappily monuments z . are rarely erected until long after the generals and their horses have passed " b to the Great Beyond. "-d Many horses of military leaders, 5 such as Bucephalus, the charger of o ~ Alexander the Great; Marengo, the . - famous horse of Napoleon, and Co _-_o_ a penhagen, the favorite mount of the - Duke of Wellington, are well known 0 °- to history. S o America is not lacking in historic S . horses. Every schoolboy is familiar o o" with the picture of General Israel 3 b Putnam, on his favorite horse, gallop . f ing madly down a long flight of steps S,. o to escape the British dragoons, who -"0: had closed all other avenues of escape. .... The picture of Washington on his E "L.C . handsome charger, Nelson, receiving ° the surrender of Cornwallis' army at Yorktown, has brought the glow of ' pride to generations of Americans. u- Three-quarters of a century ago it was o wholly improbable that any discussion -- o of the campaigns in Mexico could take S- place without some mention of Gen eral Zachary Taylor's well-known o horse, Old Whitey.