Through out history, dogs have been a huge asset to man and they have played some vital roles during Wartime. To Native Americans, dogs were an important part of everyday life. They were used extensively for hunting, tracking, transporting supplies and also as sentries. Many times in the wars of the west, dogs were the key in alerting Native Americans of impending danger.
When man would go to war, so would their dogs. Atilla the Hun used
dogs in his campaigns. The Romans actually made body armor for their
dogs. Fredrick the Great used dogs to carry messages and Napoleon
posted dogs at the gates of Alexandria, in Egypt.
Early in American History and even though they were not "officially trained", dogs were used. It is recorded that during the Seminole War of
1835, Cuban-bred Bloodhounds were used to track down Indians. These
dogs were a cross between a Bulldog and a Mastiff. During the Civil War,
two Cuban-bred Bloodhounds were used at Andersonville Prison, in
Georgia, to track down escaped prisoners. Both sides used dogs as
sentries and guard dogs. However, most of the dogs were just family pets that loved their masters and could not stand being left behind. So they followed the men and many became unit mascots. There are photos of Col.George A. Custer and General Rufus Ingalls with their dogs. Some of these mascots that have been recorded is, Harvey, a white Bulldog with the 104th Ohio. He served with distinction at the Battle of Franklin. Jack was a brown and white Bull Terrier with
the 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry. Sallie, a Brindle Bull Terrier, started her service very early at the age of only 4 weeks
old with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers. At the battle of Gettysburg, she stood guard over the dead and wounded.
She continued to serve with the 11th until she was killed at the battle of Hatcher's Run in Virginia in 1865. In appreciation of her loyal devotion, a monument of Sallie now stands in Gettysburg, directly in front of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument.
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