Statue of General George Meade on Gettysburg Battlefield

Meade on Old Baldy -

Statue of General George Meade on Gettysburg Battlefield

General Meade stands tall on his horse holding binoculars on Cemetary Ridge  in the Gettysburg battlefield. Meade rode this horse Old Baldy at Gettysburg, where the horse was wounded on July 2nd by a ball that entered his stomach after passing through Meade’s trouser leg and within a half inch of his thigh. Old Baldy again survived, but by August of 1864 and after another wound he was considered unfit for service, and Meade sent him back to Philadelphia for a well-deserved retirement. Old Baldy did so well, however, that Meade resumed riding him after the war, and the horse survived the general by ten years, taking part in Meade’s funeral procession as the riderless horse. Old Baldy died in 1882.  https://www.irishbrigade.com/blogs/http-www-irishbrigade-com-blogs