Black Jack was the last horse issued to the Army by the Quartermaster, and he was the last to carry the ” U.S. ” brand common to all army horses. Like so many thousands of army horses, his breeding was unknown. He was foaled on January 19, 1947.
The profound grief of Americans at the death of President John F. Kennedy was accentuated by the sight of Black Jack, the riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups, a symbol of a fallen hero.
Black Jack was sent to the Third Infantry (The Old Guard) from Fort Reno, Oklahoma , in 1953. He was named after General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, Supreme Commander of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. Black Jack served in ceremonial functions, participating in the funerals of Presidents Hoover, Kennedy, and Johnson, General Douglas MacArthur, and thousands of others in Arlington National Cemetery. Black Jack was semi-retired on June 1, 1973, and died February 6, 1976, at the age of 29. His ashes were placed in an urn at his monument at Fort Meyer, Virginia.
"Now, Custer, don't be greedy, but wait for us." General Gibbon "No, I will not." Custer, noon, June 22, 1876 passing in review.
I think since this thread is about the horses at the battle, all the horses might be included. Something that could be discussed is the relationship between the Warrior and his horse and the Private and his horse. My opinion is, the horse was part of the Warriors spirit whereas the horse was part of the Private's issued equipment.
Also, I would appreciate any information, that you or anyone else knows, about Sitting Bull's war horses that were confiscated at Fort Buford?
"You can't believe quotes on the internet simply because someone uses your name" Sitting Bull
The Horse Soldiers of the Plains and one called Crazy Horse.
That production was made by two legendary Living Historians -- Jim Hatzell & Mike Terry -- who both performed for many years at the annual Custer's Last Stand Reenactment at the Real Bird property. Jim is a long time member of the Frontier Army of Dakota and was the Reenactor Cavalry Coordinator/Director for a number of movies, including the film shown daily at the Little Big Horn National Monument and the BBC production of Custer's Last Stand. Michael "Bad Hand" Terry, who portrayed Crazy Horse, has been in many movies portraying Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. He does so as well as any native born Indian I know of. Both of them have been good friends for many years now.