New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Dakota Datebook: Sept. 16, 2019


September 16, 2019

The McClellan Saddle

Sept. 17, 2019 — The saddle issued to the 7th Cavalry – the one to which Custer belonged – was developed by General George McClellan during the period of the Civil War. His design was unique in that the saddleback was open in the center, allowing for a sort of air conditioning between horse and rider. The design was also useful in winter— cavalry riders wore heavy woolen greatcoats that draped down over their legs and the horse’s sides. Warmth from the horse’s back transferred through...

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