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McGee(#147222),Click Animal Rescue Site everyday!

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Hi! My name is McGee(#147222),Click Animal Rescue Site everyday!

I am a Ragdoll from AppleValley, MN

Nicknames: Little monkey,Handsome

Age: 6 years old

Gender: M

Coat: long haired

Education: He does back flips off one of the cat trees.His favorite toy of all is suction cups,the small ones that you use to hang things up.He carries them all over the house.

My favorite tricks and treats are: He climbs up and down the ladder. and Turkey breast and Temptations chicken.

Where I hang out: On the cat tree or in the recliner.

My favorite grubs: We get Blue Buffalo Wilderness Indoor, stomach formula and Innova.

My pet peeves: When he can't go out into the enclosed patio area

What I love about my owners: She gave me and my brother a safe forever home where there are no kids being mean to us anymore, Oh and she gives us plenty of good food.

My cat hobbies: He likes to hang out with his brother Jethro (real) and his older brother Charger.

Pet motto: Life is great when you can sleep anywhere.

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After having two different owners by the age of 14 month I found McGee and his brother Jethro on

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Hi McGee and Jethro,
Please, tell your Mom not to worry about responding to our blogs regarding sweet Charger's crossing. We all understand how difficult this is for her and it's not necessary to blog back to any of us. Everyone understands what she's going through and how hard it is to write about him, especially right now. In the meantime, know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your grief. We're all sending lots of comforting hugs. We're leaving you a healing vote to give your Mom. Take care and we love ya!

Lots of kitty kisses, hugs and purrs,
Duchess and Family

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01/27/2014 07:33.42 PM Report This Comment
Bestie McGee & Sweet Family ♥
I'm sending gentle hugs with love to you, Jethro and your sweet Mom.

It's heartbreaking to hear about sweet Charger and I'm sending gentle hugs with love to you, Jethro and your sweet Mom.

We are holding all of you in our hearts and prayers and are praying for comfort and strength as you grieve for precious Charger.

With love and hugs for my special friend,
Boo Kitty

Come visit me, ♥ Angel Lucy MEMORY PAGE ♥ & Boo Kitty ♥ Angel Winslow - So Long Friends.

01/26/2014 08:00.24 PM Report This Comment
We're bringing you hugs,
McGee & Jethro. We certainly remember you and your lovely big brother Charger and we are stunned to hear that he crossed the Bridge so suddenly! -- Mike, Evie, Mojo & the family

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01/26/2014 07:00.06 PM Report This Comment
We are so sorry to hear abou Charger and will keep your whole family in our prayers. We remember blogging with you many moons ago and send our love. Miss you dear friends.

Come visit me, Our Precious Angels #75646 COTD 12/3/13? WOW!, HEFTY #130639-----VFP Goalie/COTD WOW!, Honey #267035 COTD 1/25/14 THANK YOU ALL!, Handy Andy #149735 WOW COTD! THANK YOU ALL!, Our Angel Meezers #74302 ACOTD 2/22/14 Thank You!, Angel Zeus #246330 COTD 1/14/13!, Molly Jean #79742 COTD 4/4/14 OH MY! THANK YOU! & K.Barney #74382, Hockey Season is here!.

01/26/2014 06:10.57 PM Report This Comment
1516 .~>:*:<~. KNIGHTS' NEWS .~>:*:<~.
The temperature was high 50 & low was 24 this morning, now it's 49 feels like 52 with humidity 59% & wind is 3 MPH N. Monday's suppose to be FOG & High 44.

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♥ We are pawing by a little later than usual so we may not get to visit many this evening.

♥ While mom was helping me with my return visits last night, she had to leave to help Aunt Anita with giving KASI 13713 a bath with Dawn dish soap as KASI seemed to have been having a reaction to the Frontline flea treatment. Mom grabbed our Dawn and went over. KASI was pretty lethargic and never put up with a fight from the bath. Aunt Anita gave KASI water thru a syringe this afternnon and will continue to do so throughout the evening then call the vet in the morning. They haven't been active on CC for a few years, but Aunt Anita would very much appreciate your prayers.

♥ It's been a quiet day here xcept for when mom's nephew Nathan came by this afternoon. Whyskrs' 10378 really likes him and gets right on his lap.

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01/26/2014 05:48.26 PM Report This Comment
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Hi McGee & Family
Thank you for pawing by with your special votes that made us the New Years Day Angel COTD. We also thank-you for pawing by the next day with your Concatulations. We know that our ACOTD would not have been possible without all of you very special kitties. We Cherish each and every one of you and will watch over you all from above.
Although it was a bittersweet day for mom, it was very special for her to see us all gracing the place of honor. Mom loved each and every one of us even though we each had our own struggles, some more challenging than others. We all have a very special place in moms heart and she will never forget how very blessed she was to have us. Ours was house filled with love even though there were so many of us.
A special Thank-you to Boo Kitty & Her Mom Jane for our Beautiful Frame!!!
We have been honored to be a part of such a kind & caring community of Kitties and their Pawsome parents.
Wherever you may decide to go, we hope that we see you there!! Angel Hugs & Kisses, Smokes Angels & Mom Lynn

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01/05/2014 12:14.11 PM Report This Comment
hi mcgee and fam

William Harley
In 1901, William S. Harley, age 21, drew up plans for a small engine with a displacement of 7.07 cubic inches (116 cc) and four-inch (102 mm) flywheels. The engine was designed for use in a regular pedal-bicycle frame.

Over the next two years Harley and his boyhood friend Arthur Davidson labored on their motor-bicycle using the northside machine shop at the home of their friend, Henry Melk. It was finished in 1903 with the help of Arthur’s brother, Walter Davidson. Upon completion the boys found their power-cycle unable to conquer Milwaukee’s modest hills without pedal assistance. Will Harley and the Davidsons quickly wrote off their first motor-bicycle as a valuable learning experiment.

First Bike
Work immediately began on a new and improved second-generation machine. This first “real” Harley-Davidson motorcycle had a bigger engine of 24.74 cubic inches (405 cc) with 9-3/4 inch flywheels weighing 28 pounds. The machine’s advanced loop-frame pattern was similar to the 1903 Milwaukee Merkel motorcycle (designed by Joseph Merkel, later of Flying Merkel fame.) The bigger engine and loop-frame design took it out of the motorized-bicycle category and would help define what a modern motorcycle should contain in the years to come. The boys also received help with their bigger engine from outboard motor pioneer Ole Evinrude, who was then building gas engines of his own design for automotive use on Milwaukee’s Lake Street.

The prototype of the new loop-frame Harley-Davidson was assembled in a 10- by 15-foot (3 by 5 meter) shed in the Davidson family backyard. Most of the major parts, however, were made elsewhere, including some probably fabricated at the West Milwaukee railshops where oldest brother William A. Davidson was then toolroom foreman. This prototype machine was functional by 8 September 1904 when it competed in a Milwaukee motorcycle race held at State Fair Park. It was ridden by Edward Hildebrand and placed fourth. This is the first documented appearance of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the historical record.

In January 1905, small advertisements were placed in the “Automobile and Cycle Trade Journal” that offered bare Harley-Davidson engines to the do-it-yourself trade. By April, complete motorcycles were in production on a very limited basis. That year the first Harley-Davidson dealer, Carl H. Lang of Chicago, sold three bikes from the dozen or so built in the Davidson backyard shed. (Some years later the original shed was taken to the Juneau Avenue factory where it would stand for many decades as a tribute to the Motor Company’s humble origins. Unfortunately, the first shed was accidentally destroyed by contractors in the early 1970s during a clean-up of the factory yard.)

1907 Chestnut Street
In 1906, Harley and the Davidsons built their first factory on Chestnut Street (later Juneau Avenue). This location remains the Motor Company’s corporate headquarter


01/02/2014 05:57.40 AM Report This Comment
Hi McGee, the Gang and Mom
We read your blog on the mews page and the places all the kitties seem to be going are and showmecats. Mom has us on both and lots of our furiends are there. On catster there is a page for CC refugees and there we meet and hold events and parties. Please check out these places. On showmecats you can only put one kitty up but on catster you can have as many as you like. Hope to see you there. Your furiends, Angel Maggie, Miles and Mom Pat

Come visit me, Miles & Q. Angel Maggie.

01/01/2014 05:22.52 AM Report This Comment
Hi Again, Sweet McGee ♥
Thank you for your email address and I'm leaving mine for you, too.

I hope you have a most wonderful evening, dear friend.

Love and hugs,
Boo Kitty

Come visit me, ♥ Angel Lucy MEMORY PAGE ♥ & Boo Kitty ♥ Angel Winslow - So Long Friends.

12/31/2013 08:57.28 PM Report This Comment
Dear, Sweet McGee ♥
Mom and I have been busy all morning, saving a few pages of blogs (we just randomly selected a few pages and made copies of them.

However....we saved my first page on the CC and of course, my very first blog was from you, too!

Seeing the blog brought back a lot of good memories and a bunch of tears.

We thank you for your friendship during the past years and are sending love and hugs to your sweet family.

Forever and always your friend,
Boo Kitty

Come visit me, ♥ Angel Lucy MEMORY PAGE ♥ & Boo Kitty ♥ Angel Winslow - So Long Friends.

12/31/2013 10:02.30 AM Report This Comment
-:¦:-•::• Purrs From NYC •::•-:¦:-
Dear McGee & Family,

I want to thank you so much for visiting me on Christmas Eve. The COTD vote you left made it possible for me to have the honor of being your Christmas Cat of the Day. I hope you had a Blessed Christmas. I’m leaving a stocking full of catnip mice & candy canes for you to enjoy over the weekend~

With Thank You ((HUGS)), Holiday Head Bonks
& Wishes for a Wonderful Weekend,
❄ K. Cody Lee of The Big Apple Gang® ❄

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12/28/2013 07:15.14 PM Report This Comment
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Hi McGee!
I am sorry that I don't have a Civil War blog for today as it seemed in appropriate on a day of giving thanks.

As I sit and look at this empty computer screen with no civil war blog prepared because of the Thanksgiving holiday. I think about all the soldiers in Afghanistan without their families and I give thanks for each and everyone of them for making the sacrifice and pray they all come home. Because of them, I can celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and the fourth of July.

I think about all the poor cats and kittens, dogs and puppies with out a human to love them and give them care and warmth they so desire. The love and food we receive every day is taken for granted by those of us who have always had loving humans who see that we have shelter, love and warmth. I am thankful for all that I have this Day.

I think of humans without places to call home. No place to go for food and wonder if any one loves them or care if they are cold and living on the streets.

I am saddened thinking about this on a day of Thanksgiving. But, I am sure, all my brothers and sisters, are as thankful as I for our humans who love us, feed us and spoil us.

I will do my final civil war blog tomorrow and the coronation will be on Saturday the 30th at 7pm EST.

I thank you for your votes, friendship and support.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/28/2013 07:17.35 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Gosh! two more days until the coronation! A dream of mine is coming true. But I still wonder where all that time went so quickly this month!

Day 27

Grierson's Raid (condensed)

On April 17, 1863, Colonel B.H. Grierson led three cavalry regiments from La Grange, TN, on a history making march through Mississippi to Union lines in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On April 21, Grierson detached the 2nd Iowa Cavalry under Colonel Hatch , to destroy the railroad bridge between Columbus and Macon and then to return to La Grange Hatch had a sharp fight with Confederate troops, defeating them without the lost of a single man. Hatch's success was due to the fact his regiment was armed with Colt's revolving rifles. Hatch retreated along the railroad destroying it at Okolona and Tupelo. He arrived back at La Grange with the lost of 10 men. The main object was to decoy Confederates to the East giving Grierson ample time to get under way.
Mean while, Grierson continued his raid with less than 1000 horsemen, breaking the Southern Mississippi and New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern reailroad. Near Newton, they burned several bridges, destroyed locomotives, with cars loaded with commissary stores, guns and ammo. At Hazelhurst, cars and ammo and at Brookhaven the railroad depot and cars.
Having cavalry available to Grierson, Confederates were kept in a state of excitement alarm. Rumors exaggerated Grierson's numbers and where he could be. Several brigades of Confederate artillery were dispatched but Grierson avoided them all.
In 16 days, Grierson marched 600 miles-nearly 38 miles a day, destroying railroads, telegraph, and other property. Most important, he distracted the Confederates attention from Grant's operations against Vicksburg. Grierson lost 36 men while collecting a thousand horses and mules. The Grierson raid was probably the most successful operation of its kind during the civil war.

I want to thank everyone for all of your support, votes and friendship.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/27/2013 06:45.37 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Tonight I am going to do a mini intro of General Benjamin Grierson. What an unlikely man to be an officer of cavalry and to lead the raid he did.

Day 26

Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson must have been the Union Army's most improbable cavalry leader. He had hated horses since the age of eight, when he was kicked by a pony and badly hurt. he had objected vigorously when he was assigned to the 6th Illinois Cavalry in 1861. He had protested to None other than General Halleck himself, who brushed him off with the comment that he looked "active and wiry enough" to become a cavalryman.

What is more, Grierson, was something of a novice in military matters; in April 1863 he had only 18 months of service behind him. He was really a musician-a composer, arranger, pianist, flutist, drummer and guitarist who had been making an uncertain living as a music teacher when the war started. On patrols he entertained himself and those of his men within earshot by strumming away on a jews-harp as they rode along.

Grierson was born on July 8, 1826 and was the youngest of 5 children. He married in 1854 and had 7 children and only 4 survived to adulthood. He died on August 31, 1911, at age 85.

Tomorrow we will do the raid that Grierson is famous for. Mom enjoys reading about this raid and says it was really hard on the horses and riders but was a success.

Thank you for the continued support, votes and most importantly friendship.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/26/2013 06:25.34 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
know that I promised to begin with General Grierson today but mom can't get the printer to work and HP won't cooperate with the ePrint. Mom is about to throw a hissy! So how about a Civil War ghost story of a local Inn. Mom will toss Wikipedia out of the window and look through her books for her second favorite story of the war.

Day 25

The Martha Washington Inn in nearby Abingdon, VA, was built in 1830 by General Francis Preston. It was turned into a girl's school but in 1860 it became a hospital for the grieviously wounded soldiers. (Abingdon was the sight of some war action)

In 1863, John Stoves was brought to the hospital, half full of musket balls. A beautiful young woman named Beth, took care of the soldier. Beth changed his bandages and comforted him. He learned she could play the violin and he asked her to play for him. Though in severe pain, the music seemed to put him at ease and he would fall asleep. It is said that Beth fell in love with him.
One day, as he was lying near death, she played the violin for him and as she did he closed his eyes for the final time. She grabbed his hand and cried. A few weeks later she died. Some say it was from complications of typhoid fever and others say it was from a broken heart.
Her ghost is supposedly sighted often and guests will tell the clerks that they heard violin music during the night coming from room 403. It is also said that the young officer's ghostly steed trots around the water fountain looking for his master on clear full moon nights. I wonder....

We were going to end with this ghost story but our printer would NOT print info about Grierson so mom will work on that tomorrow.

Thank you for your votes, support and friendship.

Love and purrs Snuggles (the above was written in a hurry and I apologize for any mistakes)

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/25/2013 07:59.20 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
I can't believe that there are five more days of catpaigning after today. Where has the time gone? Thank you to each and everyone of you for the votes, support and best of all friendship.

Day 24

I would like to introduce you to General George H. Thomas's horse "Billy"

Know as the "Rock of Chickamauga" General George H. Thomas possessed two intelligent war horses, both powerful and large enough to carry the General's two hundred pounds. Both horses were bays with Billy being the darker of the two. Both horses stood about 16 hands and very stout. (Billy was named for General Thomas's friend, General William T. Sherman) Billy was like his owner, sedate in all his movements and wasn't easily disturbed by battle.

Billy bore Thomas through the campaigns in middle Tennessee and Northern Georgia. He was on the fields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga and marched to Atlanta. From Atlanta he moved to Nashville, where his master engineered the crushing defeat to the Confederate arms in the winter of 1864, the last battle in which Billy and Thomas participated.

I think it is appropriate to end the war horses with the oldest war horse.

Old Jim, according to records was the last surviving civil war horse. He lived until at least 1894. His rider, Lt. McMahon was killed in action but Old Jim went back to Aiken, SC. He entertained crowds at parades of Civil War veterans until his death.

I will do a quick look at General Benjamin Grierson tomorrow.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/24/2013 07:11.13 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
I have one more day of horse stories and then we will do a short bio on General Benjamin Grierson before I do his raid into the deep South distracting the Southern forces from General Grant's moves in Vicksburg. I will combine three short stories of the remaining horses we can find info on.

Day 23

General JEB Stuart's horse...

Highfly was the battle horse that carried General JEB Stuart through many campaigns and had become his favored companion. The horse's intelligence and faithfulness had Stuart through many dangers. In the summer of 1862, at Verdiersville, on the plank road between Fredricksburg and Orange VA,, Sturart was stretched out on a bench on the tavern's porch awaiting for General Fitzhugh Lee (General R.E. Lee's nephew) to confer on the next movement of cavalry. Highfly was unbridled and grazing in the yard near the road. The clatter of horses woke the Confederate General who walked to the roadway, leaving behind his hat, in which was a black ostrich feather plume, the pride of Stuart's heart. Suddenly horsemen rode around the bend of the road and Stuart was within gunshot of Union Cavalry. Being nonplussed he had ezpected to see Lee. He mounted his faithful, fast bay horse, leaving the chagrined Union Cavalry behind but the foe carried away the treasured hat with the black ostrich plum. General Stuart would later in the war, be killed in the battle of Yellow Tavern.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for the continued support of my campaign and your friendship means the world to me.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/23/2013 07:24.56 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
want to introduce you to Lexington and Sam, two of General Sherman's horses.

I also want to thank you for the votes, friendship and support of my campaign.

Day 2
General Sherman's best horse was killed at the battle of Shilo, leading the right wing of the Union forces against General A.S. Johnson's Confederate forces. Two other horses were killed while being held by an orderly. Of the many horses that carried Sherman through the years of the war, two had a particular place in the General's affections, Lexington and Sam. Lexington was a Kentucky thoroughbred (He was also the sire of General Grant's Cincinnati) and his fine action attracted the admiration of all who saw him. When Union troops finally entered and occupied Atlanta, in 1864, Sherman was astride Lexington for the grand review of the troops in Washington. He died in 1875 at a Kentucky horse farm at the age of 25 and he is buried there.

Sam was a large half thoroughbred bay in color, and was 16 1/2 hands tall. He had speed, strength and endurance. Sam made one to the longest and most difficult marches ever recorded in history, from Vicksburg to Washington, through the cities of Atlanta, Savannah, Colombia, and Richmond. With his rapid gait, he could march 5 miles and hour at a walk. Under fire he was calm and steady as his brave master. He was wounded several times, wile mounted, the fault was usually due to Sherman's disregard of the anxiety to seek cover. In 1865, Sherman retired Sam to a well earned rest on an Illinois farm were her received every mark of affection. The brave war horse died of extreme old age in 1884.

Mom tried to find more info about Lexington and couldn't except about his speed. Tomorrow I will see if I can find another horse story for you and then on Sunday we will do Grierson's Raid. John Wayne's Horse Soldiers is very loosely based on this ride.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/22/2013 07:14.02 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
since some of you requested more horse stories mom and I rustled up enough for a couple more nights!

Thank you each and everyone of you for your continued support, votes and friendship. Love you!

Day 21

General McClellan's horses...

While General McClellan was in charge of the Union Army in 1862, he had a number of war horses. His favorite horse was one named "Daniel Webster". He was called "that devil Dan" by the staff officers who had difficulty in keeping pace with Dan. During the battle of Antietam, the great horse carried the General safely through the day.

Daniel Webster was a dark bay horse, about 17 hands high, a purebred with good action and never showed any signs of fatigue no matter how hard the test was. He was extremely intelligent with more than ordinary horse sense. He had a fast walk which was important for a commander's horse but disagreeable for the staff officer's horses whose horses had to be kept at a slow trot to keep up with Dan! When McClellan retired to private life, Dan became the family horse at Orange, NJ where he died at age 23. McClellan said "No soldier ever had a better horse than I had in Daniel Webster."

McClellan also had another horse named "Burns", a fiery black, named after an army friend who had given him the horse. His only failing was at dinner time he would bolt for his oats regardless. Running at dinner time became such an obsession with Burns, that McClellan was always careful not to be mounted on him at that hour of day!

Tomorrow I will talk about Gen. W.T. Sherman's horses. Hope that you enjoyed meeting Dan and Burns.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Rhudy **Married to Kaycee** & Queen Snuggles married to Manchester.

11/21/2013 07:57.39 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
am sorry that I couldn't find very much on Stuart's horse and decided to focus on General George G Meade's horse, Baldy, since there was a whole lot more info on him.

I want to introduce you to Baldy!

Day 20

At the first Bull Run in 1861, there was a bright bay horse, with a white face and feet, whose rider had been seriously wounded. The horse was turned in to the quartermaster and to recover from his own wounds. In September of 61, General Meade bought the horse, naming him Baldy. Though Meade became deeply attached to the horse, his staff officers soon began to complain about Baldy's peculiar gait which was faster than a walk and too slow for a trot.
Baldy's war record was remarkable. Wounded twice at Bull Run. Was at the Battle of Drainesville, took part in two of seven days of fighting around Richmond in 62. He was at the 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain and left on the field for dead at Antietam. He was found grazing on the battle field with a deep wound in his neck by a second Union advance. He was cared for and returned to duty. He bore the General at Fredricksburg, and Chancellorsville. He was in two days of fighting at Gettysburg and there he had a bullet to enter his body between his ribs and lodging there. The General would not part with him and kept him with army until spring of 64.
Baldy was to pasture in Pennsylvania. After Appomattox, Meade rushed to Philadelphia where he again met Baldy, who was fully recovered. For many years the two were inseperable and when Meade died in 1872, the bullet scared horse followed the hearse. Baldy died ten years later. His head and two fore feet were mounted and are treasured relics of the George G. Meade Post, Grand Army of the Republic, in Philadelphia.

I don't know what I will write about tomorrow. I will have to read some of my books! It will be a surprise if mom is able to type for me tomorrow after unloading a pickup full of hay. If you would like a couple more horse stories please let me know and I will do them.

Thank you again for the votes and friendship and support.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/20/2013 07:27.49 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
want to thank everyone for the votes, friendship and support that you have given me! Thank you so much.

Day 19

Allow me to introduce you to General Phil Sheridan's beautiful black horse Rienzi who was renamed Winchester.

Rienzi was foaled at or near Grand Rapids, MI. and was brought into the Union Army by an officer of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. He was presented to Sheridan, who was a colonel at the time, In the spring of 1862, when the regiment was stationed at Rienzi, MS. The horse was almost three at the time.

Rienzi was over seventeen hands tall, black in color, powerfully built, deep chest, strong shoulders and was very smart. In his prime he was one of the strongest horses Sheridan had ever known. Rienzi always held his head high an was a quick mover but Sheridan was always able to control him. He was also very cool and quiet under fire.

At the battle of Cedar Creek on October 19,1864, Rienzi has his name changed to Winchester, the town made famous by Sheridan's ride to save his army. The distance from Winchester to Cedar Creek is 19 miles. Sheridan mounted on Rienzi rallied his retreating troops and the followed him back to the front and won the battle.

The battle of Five Forks, Sheridan shouted "Where is my battle flag?" he seized it and he dashed ahead followed by his command of cavalry and infantry. Winchester leaped the low works and landed Sheridan amid astonished Southerners. Behind came Merritt's cavalry in a charge that pushed the Confederates back in confusion.

Winchester passed a comfortable old age in his master's stable and died in 1878.

The horse was sent to a taxidermist and was first displayed at the museum at Govenor's Island and is now at the Smithsonian. He was a quite a horse.

I will introduce you to JEB Stuart's horse and General Meade's horse tomorrow.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/19/2013 08:37.35 PM Report This Comment
Hello Mcgree,
Thank you for stopping by. This is really an honor to be COTD and having such great friends. Have a great night. LAV

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11/19/2013 06:31.58 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Good evening! I want to first thank everyone for coming by and voting for me and for the kind compliments on my blogs. Thank you for the support and friendship.

Day 18

General Jackson's horse...

General Jackson had his favorite charger from the beginning of the war. It is thought that the horse was eleven years old. On May 11, 1861, Jackson was in command of the garrison at Harper's Ferry, when a train load of supplies and horses was on the way to Union camps, was captured. Among the horses there was one that captured General Jackson's eye. He purchased the horse from the army's quartermaster for his own personal use. The horse was named Old Sorrel. Old Sorrel carried Jackson over many bullet swept battlefield and was with Jackson when he was shot by his own troops at Chancellorsville. During the swift campaign through the Shenandoah Valley in 1862, when Jackson's "foot cavalry" marched towards the citadel at Washington, the horse was his constant companion.
In 1864, at a state fair in Hagerstown, MD, Old Sorrel was one of the main attractions, He was tethered in a corral and got to munch on hay and choice bits of vegetables. Nearly all of his mane and tail had disappeared before the end of the fair! Poor horse.
When Old Sorrel died, admirers of General Jackson sent him to a taxidermist and Old Sorrel had him stuffed. Old Sorrel now rests in the Soldier's Home in Richmond, VA.

Tomorrow I shall do General Sheridan's horse. Mom has seen him at the Smithsonian and says he is a pretty horse and had to been beautiful when he was alive!

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/18/2013 08:56.46 PM Report This Comment
Dear Mr McGEE and family
Dear friends first let me apologies to you all for not visiting you all sooner in my retirement. Mum and I took some time to rest after our campaign reign. Our time out has been slightly prolonged as many of you know mum’s uncle Tom had spinal surgery and his family are staying in the city with us right now so routines are not as usual. We thank most sincerely those of you who have dropped by with prayers for him.I thank you for you continued prayers for my health and support for mum. I am delighted to say that my check-up on Friday went well. Mum knows she is blessed every day I sat with her. On the subject of Kitties needing prayers for their health I pass on thanks for the prayers for our friend GINGER, her sister MAGGIE, brother TONY and family and while she is a little more stable Tony faces surgery and all need the circle of prayer continued. Please include in the circle ZABOO, BENJI, WICKET, SPONGIE together with their family and ALL THE KITIES AND FAMILIES KNOW TO US OR OTHERWIS WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS. We also remember all those involved in the Philippine disaster and pray for all our Mid-West friends including the Nice Crew. I would like to pay my respects to my outstanding successor as King, MALACHI, who’s reign is being conducted with the kindness and dignity we have come to know and expect from him and his mum. SNUGGLES must be complimented for an interesting and informative campaign which has been so clearly presented. I hope to be bringing you regular postcards from some of the places and events mum and I have enjoyed here in Ireland and around Europe. Today I would like you all to join me, after Queen Dolly’s kitten shower, a come to the Ballet. Mum and her girlfriends went to see this on Friday night and as she was so delighted by it I have decided to make it the first outing I bring you on as your retired King. So please join to see a very rare treat. “The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet of Russia” one of Russia’s oldest and most distinguished ballet companies on tour here for just four days in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. The tragic story well known to us is truly spectacular when presented as a ballet. The joy, suspense and despair of this tragedy are all magnificently realised in a whirlwind of precision delivery from all performers, with such exquisite costume and set design; a feast for any cat’s eyes! And last but not least such exceptional, expressive dancers. I hope you will enjoy our evening as much as I enjoy your company. For those of you who would like a sneak preview or something to show their families they might like to see the following YouTube clip tailpage&v=uozpMA_JKCs Sleep well dear furriends and remember those cats and their families in need of prayers and thank you for your support always Every Blessing, Hugs and Purrs K. PUSHKIN and mum Aedamair


11/18/2013 12:12.34 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Hello! I am going to introduced you to the horses of General Grant. He had quite a few but I am just going to introduce you to the ones that he really liked.

Day 17

When General Grant was appointed Colonel of the 21st Illinois Vol. Infantry, he bought a horse in Galena, IL. Though the horse was strong, he wasn't suited for the service. While taking his regiment to MO, they camped on the Illinois River. During this time, a farmer brought in a horse called Jack. He was a cream colored horse with a mane and tail that were silver in color with his hair becoming darker towards his feet. He was high in spirit, intelligence and a stallion. Grant used him until after the battle of Chattanooga in 63. Grant donated the horse to the Sanitary Fair in 63 or 64, and the horse was raffled off for $4,000.00!

During the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh Grant rode a brown roan horse called Fox. (Wasn't anymore info on him)

At Shiloh, the Confederates left behind a very ugly, rawboned horse, that was apparently not good for anything. As a joke, an officer gave the horse to Grant. Grant named the horse Kangaroo. With a short rest, food and care, Kangaroo turned out to be a magnificent horse and was used at Vicksburg. Grant also had two other horses, gave one away and used the other until late in the war.

Jeff Davis, a small black horse or large pony, was ridden by Grant because of a carbuncle that made riding a spirited horse painful. Jeff Davis was an easy riding, smooth gaited horse. Grant bought him and kept him until he died.

Grant was given his charger, Cincinnati, by S.S Grant. Grant kept Cincinnati until he died in 1878.

In January of 1864, some people purchased the prettiest horse they had ever seen for Grant and his name was Egypt. (I couldn't find anymore info about him)

I will be doing Generals Jackson, Sherman and Sheridan's horses over the next two days.

I want to thank you for the continued support, votes and friendship. I am so honored.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/17/2013 06:17.41 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
I would like for you to meet Traveller, Gen. Lee's favorite mount during the war. I hope You enjoy the story and are able to develop a picture of him in your mind.

Day 16

Traveller probably one of the most famous war horses in Gen. Lee's stable. The Gen. had five other horses but they all broke down under the strain and hardships of the war. Lee alternated Traveller with his second favorite mount, Lucy Long, who served for two years before being sent to the country to rest.
In the spring of 1862 Lee bought Traveller for $200 in currency from Major Thomas L. Broun. Lee had seen the horse a year before and became attached to him and called the horse his colt. It was almost a daily sight to see Lee riding Traveller about camp. Traveller became Lee's favorite mount.
Traveller was an iron gray in color, with black points and a long mane and tail and stood 16 hands. He was five years old when Lee acquired him. He was muscular and had strong hindquarters, small feet and a deep chest (room for heart and lungs)and short back. His head was refined with a broad forehead and quick eyes. Traveller had the conformation that enabled him to carry Lee all day on a march and still be fresh at the end of it.
Traveller was the horse chosen to carry Lee to Appomattox for the surrender at McLean's house and then carry him back to his troops before finally carrying him back to Richmond.
Lee served as the President of Washington and Lee University before his death. Traveller followed with his head bowed behind the funeral procession.
Five years later Traveller died. I read somewhere that he had stepped on a nail and that it was responsible for the death of the most famous of the civil war's horses.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Thank you for your votes and friendship. I will do General Grant's horses tomorrow.

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11/16/2013 08:16.09 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Day 15

This is the last of my Oddities in an Odd War. I have enjoyed this part. The donkey story is a one of a kind! Thank you again for your friendship, support and votes.

*Winchester VA (located in N. VA) changed hands between the Union and Confederate Armies 76 times during the war as the armies surged to and for in the Shenandoah Valley.

*There was an Abraham Lincoln on each side of the war. The President and a Confederate, Pvt. Abraham Lincoln, of Co. F, 1st VA. Cavalry from Jefferson County. He was reported as a deserter and the North ended up with both!

*Years before the war, Jesse Grant, father of General Grant, lived and worked in the home of Owen Brown, whose small son would grow up to be John Brown the Abolitionist martyr who lit the fuse of the war.

*Of 425 Confederate Generals, 77 were killed or died of wounds during the war. The last surviving Lt. General of the Confederate forces was Simon Bolivar Buckner who lived to 1914. His son and name sake was killed as a General in WWII.

*Eight Union Generals came from the small town of Galena IL. They probably owed their rank to their friendship with U.S Grant, the most celebrated wartime citizen of the place.

*Of 546 nuns known to have served as battlefield nurses, 289 were from Ireland, 40 from Germany and 12 from France.

*Chimborazo Hospital, in Richmond, VA, is said to have been the largest hospital ever built in the Western Hemisphere and to hold that distinction to this day.

Tomorrow we shall meet Traveller, the horse that carried Robert E. Lee through the war.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/15/2013 07:31.07 PM Report This Comment
Thanks for stopping by to visit Zaboo
It's another chilly day outside & the sunshine didn't arrive until a few minutes ago so we're getting a later start than normal.
Zaboo is the same. He's still nibbling on canned food several times a day (can't finish it all at once anymore), getting up for drinks & litterbox runs, & even moved over to the rug when mom was cooking dinner last night. He's still got very little energy but doesn't seem to be in any discomfort so I guess I can say he's still stable. All of us thank our dear CC furiends for the continued prayers, gentle hugs of comfort & the soft purrs they're pouncing by to give him!

Trixie caught a big, fat mouse this morning!! Woohoo for my sis...MOL! She's an amazing huntress but what's even more amazing is that she willingly let go of her catch & let it scurry toward Monkey! It bit Monkey's paw when she grabbed it but that didn't stop her from grabbing it again & taking it to the laundry room...MOL! Trixie sat in one doorway & I sat in the other the entire time to make sure it didn't escape. Trixie never once interfered with Monkey's first live mouse training session so I give her a big paws up for being such a good patient sister. I, on the other paw, tried to see if I could get it away from her...MOL! That got me growled at! I've never heard Monkey growl at me before so I went back to my place in the doorway & made myself content with observing & preventing escape. When it was all over for mousey mom scooped him up in a dustpan & tossed it outside. Too bad Patches slept through the fun! Guess that will teach her not to romp late into the night...MOL!
Well I've got to go catch up with Monkey so will sign off for now & meow at you more next week. Thank you again for keeping our sweet big brother in your thoughts & prayers! If anything changes over the weekend I'll be sure to let you know but we're keeping our paws crossed that it doesn't.

Gentle hugs & sweet purrs,
Fluffinella & NICE Crew girls

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11/15/2013 08:41.10 AM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Day 14

Civil War Oddities con't

A French Army Veteran, Nonsieur Chillon, had migrated to California and in 1861 walked cross country to war, through Indian country, accompanied by his donkey Jason, with whom he slept.
Chillon found a home with the French speaking Third Louisiana, CSA, and settled down. There was one problem: the regiment's Colonel bore a strong resemblance to old Chillon. At bedtime Jason invariably pushed into the commander's tent and tried to curl up next to the officer, to the joyous yelping of the troops.

The 8th Wisconsin had one of the most remarkable mascots
in the Union Army, Old Abe, an American Bald eagle. Old Abe, a lively eagle, was brought to war by a soldier who had traded for the bird with an Indian for five bushels of corn. In camp, the bird followed his master like a puppy.
During battles, Abe soared aloft until the shooting stopped and then returned to the 8th. He feared artillery and would fly so high that he would almost be lost to sight He had the only bird's eye view of most of the battles fought in the Western theater. Sustaining at least one wound, he survived to live for fifteen more years in the Wisconsin State House. Today he is on display in the Wisconsin State Museum.

I will do some more oddities (and this war is full of them)tomorrow before introducing you to some of the General's horses! This is for the horse lovers out there.

Thank you for your daily votes and the friendship I treasure so much.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/14/2013 07:42.22 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Mom is late again! I want to thank each and everyone of you for your votes and encouragement. Your friendship is priceless and therefore treasured.

Some Oddities of our Civil War...

Day 13

Union ordnance men turned down the Spencer repeating breech loading rifle in 1860. It didn't get into the hands of troops until near the end of the war. The reason: Soldiers would fire it too fast, wasting ammo.

Firing on both sides was so inaccurate that soldiers estimated it took a man's weight in lead to kill a single enemy in battle.
*A Federal expert said that each Confederate shot, required 240 pounds of powder and 900 pounds of lead.

Two of the wars most famous and bloodiest battles are said to have been fought because of trifles. Gettysburg was because some soldiers needed some shoes and their columns were sent to Gettysburg for them. Antietam was because a Confederate officer wrapped three cigars in a piece of paper with a vital army order written on it and carelessly dropped or tossed the cigars. The order was found by a Union officer and it enabled the usually cautious General McClellan to attack Lee's divided army.

A young Confederate Officer, Captain S. Isadore Guillet, was fatally shot on the same horse which three of his brothers had been previously killed. The horse was willed to his nephew as he died.

Tomorrow we will do more oddities of the war. There are plenty of them!

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/13/2013 07:26.32 PM Report This Comment
hi McGee
Thanks for pawing by. I am doing okay and going to the vet this Friday. Mom is concerned about my drooling and sleeping too much. Mom thinks that it is a dental issue. Purrs...Linguini

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11/13/2013 10:24.45 AM Report This Comment
hi McGee
Thanks for pawing by. I am doing okay and going to the vet this Friday. Mom is concerned about my drooling and sleeping too much. Mom thinks that it is a dental issue. Purrs...Linguini

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11/13/2013 10:21.41 AM Report This Comment
hi McGee
Thanks for pawing by. I am doing okay and going to the vet this Friday. Mom is concerned about my drooling and sleeping too much. Mom thinks that it is a dental issue. Purrs...Linguini

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11/13/2013 10:19.44 AM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Well, my secretary couldn't get the original blog to work out like she had wanted. So we will do one from her memory about Grant when she read his biography in school. I will say it wasn't when she was in college.

Day 12

When Grant was accepted into West Point, his parents bought him a trunk to carry his belonging with him or what he would need at West Point. The trunk was a camel back and they had his initials put on the trunk. When they gave it to him, his initials read S.U.G. You see, he was born Simpson Ulysses Grant. He looked at the trunk while in his bedroom and knew he wasn't going to West Point with S.U.G on that trunk! So with a hammer he changed his initials to read U.S.G, Ulysses Simpson Grant and his kept his name as such for the rest of his life.

Grant was married into a pro-Southern family. He married a young lady named Julia Denton out of St. Louis, Missouri. She brought with her three slaves and Grant returned them to her family before the outbreak of the war.

Grant owned a mulatto slave for about a year before he gave him his freedom. Grant could have used the money that selling the man would have brought but instead gave him his freedom.
Grant would serve under General Lee in the Mexican American War.

Grant may have been a general that could be labeled a slob as far as dress. This is evident when one sees a painting of Lee in his dress uniform and Grant in a mud splattered uniform at Appamattox.

The one thing about Grant that mom and I both like, is that he allowed the Southerns to keep their horses and mules that they had brought with them into the war so they could work their farms. When General Lee offered his sword to Grant, Grant would not accept the sword and allowed Lee to keep it.

Was Grant a drunk as accused? We don't think so. We know that he had a passion for cigars and it would be this passion that would kill Grant with cancer.

Hope that you enjoyed this trip down mom's memory lane about Grant. Tomorrow we will do some oddities of the war and may spend 2-3 days with it.

Love and Purrs Snuggles

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11/12/2013 06:50.52 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Thank you everyone for the friendship, votes and support.

Day 11

General Thomas J. Jackson aka Stonewall Jackson
Was he a hypochondriac?

Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, C.S.A, one of the most gifted field commanders in American history. He thought of himself as being "out of balance" and even under the fire of a battle, he would raise an arm to allow the blood to flow down into his body to establish balance.

He refused to eat pepper believing it made his left leg weak. Depite war time shortages, he often sucked on lemons believing they helped his "dyspepsia". His staff officers noted his strange diet, some meals were raspberries, milk and bread.

The only time that Jackson was comfortable, was when he was bolt upright with his organs held "naturally" one on top the other.

His complaints, issued almost endlessly through his young manhood were: rheumatism, dyspepsia, chilblains, poor eyesight (He would treat this by dunking his head into a basin of cold water, eyes open, for as long as he could hold his breath) cold feet, nervousness, neuralgia, impaired hearing, tonsillitis (for which he had an operation) biliousness and slight spinal distortion. Whatever the trouble, war seems to have cured him or diverted his attention.

Jackson's habit of draping his abdomen with cold towels in an effort to relieve pains of "dyspepsia"may have caused his death. Wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, he recovered from having his arm amputated but after a servantplaced cold towels on his body without the knowledge of the doctor, Jackson contracted pleurisy and pneumonia and dying soon after.

One can't help but wonder had he survived would the war have turned out differently for the man had the brain of a military genius.

Was he a hypochondriac or was he not?

Yes, he did receive his nickname at the 1st Battle of Manassas when troops looked up and one said "There sits Jackson like a Stonewall!"

Tomorrow we will look at Grant and some of the untruths that were told about him.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/11/2013 06:45.55 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Thank you each and everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued support of my campaign.

Day 10

Day 2 of General Lee....

In heavy firing of the opening battle of the Wilderness Campaign, a courier rushed up to Lee with a dispatch was startled to get a scolding for having ridden his horse too swiftly. Lee took a buttered biscuit from his saddle bag and fed it to the hungry horse before turning his attention back to the battle.

On the morning of Appamattox, Lee had at least a passing thought of suicide He said within hearing of his staff "How easily I could be rid of all this and be rest." But in the next breath he spoke of the people of the South, their bleak future and the need to help their recovery.

Lee died October 12, 1870, two days after a flood had swept the hill country. Lexington VA undertaker C.M. Koones, reported he had no coffins as they had been swept away in the flood to his embarrassment.
Two young men volunteered to search for a coffin for Lee's funeral. They looked for hours and before finding one that had been swept over a dam and lodged on an island some two miles down stream. This was the coffin in which the Confederacy's greatest figure would be buried in. The casket was too short for Lee and he was buried without his shoes. (Lee was a small man, his shoe size was a four and a half)

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/10/2013 07:50.28 PM Report This Comment
Hi McGee!
Ok! Here it is! the human side of General Robert E. Lee. Hope that you enjoy.

Day 9

A legend in his own lifetime, General Lee was a symbol of the Lost Cause, a mythical hero in death. Under the quiet grand air of Southern gentleman, he was a human being...warm, loving, hot tempered and fallible.

Long before the war, when Lee's children were young, he liked to tumble them into bed with him and read some stories aloud. However, they had to take turns tickling the soles of his feet, which he enjoyed. When the little ones got tired or got lost in the story, he would pause and say "No tickling, no story."

Years later, during the war, Lee received word of the death of his daughter Annie,. His aide saw him take the news without a change of expression as he did with the many other messages of the day. When the aide returned unexpectedly a few minutes later, he saw Lee with his head down on his camp desk sobbing.

For months, at the war's height, Lee had a pet hen that would lay an egg under his cot every day. He would always leave the tent flap up for her. He saw to it that she traveled with the army, even on the Gettysburg campaign. When he began the retreat from the field the hen wasn't to be found Lee joined the search for his pet., and wasn't content until she was discovered safely perched in his headquarter wagon!

Soldiers once watched as he dismounted under fire at Petersburg to pick something up from the ground and place it in a tree. Once he was gone, curious men found he had replaced a fallen baby bird back in it's nest.

We will con't tomorrow with more on General Lee. Can't figure how he could love having his feet tickled when mom pleads for mercy!

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/09/2013 07:14.01 PM Report This Comment
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