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SegTours uses only the latest ("Gen2") Segways with LeanSteer technology which are easier and more fun to ride than earlier models.

Each Segway in our fleet is named after a horse that served in Gettysburg.

-- The North --

Betty - The loyal mount of Dr. G.B. Hotchkin, Regimental Surgeon of the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry. Betty was a beautiful and swift dark bay mare who was said to have outrun a rolling shell to save herself and her master.

Billy - The beloved horse of 1st Lt. Frank A. Haskell, Aide-de-Camp of Brig. Gen. John Gibbon. On July 2nd, Billy "was touched by two or three bullets," including one to the chest, but Haskell remained unhurt. He had another horse, Dick, shot out from under him the next day during Pickett's Charge but again remained unhurt. After the battle, Haskell wrote a long letter to his brother, considered today to be a classic of military literature and one of the most detailed first-hand accounts ever written about the battle.

Caesar - a magnificent bay horse owned by Capt. Frederick Otto Baron Von Fritsch, Aide-de-Camp of Col Leopold Von Gilsa (1B, 1D, 11C). In a contest witnessed by Abraham Lincoln in late June 1863, Caesar jumped a five-foot fence with a nine-foot ditch behind it. Just days later at Gettysburg, despite suffering two bullet wounds, Caesar saved Von Fritsch by similarly jumping a high fence to escape Confederate pursuers. The next day, July 2nd, Caesar had his nose torn off by artillery and Von Fritsch put him down with three bullets.

Charlemagne - The last and favorite mount of Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, commander at Gettysburg of the 20th Maine (3B, 1D, 5C). Colonel Chamberlain had six previous horses shot out from under him, was himself wounded six times in the war, and won the Medal of Honor for his heroism in his tenacious defense of the left flank of the Union line on Little Round Top. Charlemagne was also with (now) Major General Chamberlain when he presided over the parade of Confederate infantry as part of the formal surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 12, 1865. Charlemagne was a Morgan horse and was wounded twice but survived the war and returned to Maine with his master, who was subsequently elected Governor of Maine. The horse was named for the King of the Franks and first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, also known as Charles the Great.

Fancy - The horse ridden by Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, commander of the I Corps and one of the Union Army’s most respected senior commanders. At Gettysburg Reynolds also had operational control over the III and XI Corps and Buford’s Cavalry Division. On the first day of the battle, Reynolds was shot in the back of the neck, fell from Fancy, and died. There is a monument to Reynolds riding Fancy on the battlefield at the Chambe rsburg Pike on McPherson Ridge. Reynolds' other horse was called Prince.

Faugh-a-Ballagh - The favorite horse of Col. Patrick Kelly, commander of the “Irish Brigade” (2nd Brig., 1st Div., II Corps) which attacked The Wheatfield on July 2nd. “Faugh A Ballagh” is also the famous war cry of the Irish Brigade. It is from an old Gaelic phrase, fág an bhealach, meaning "clear the way" - the sentiment of which is similar to the modern Marine Corps axiom, “Lead, follow or get out of the way.”

Grey Eagle – The “old white horse” of Brig. Gen. John Buford, commander of the 1st Division, Cavalry Corps. Upon encountering a superior Confederate force on the morning of July 1st, Gen. Buford was credited with selecting the field of battle at Gettysburg. From his vantage point in the cupola of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Buford successfully directed his dismounted cavalrymen to delay the approaching enemy long enough for Maj. Gen. John Reynolds and the 1st Corps to arrive on the field, thereby preserving the critical high ground for the Union army. Gen. Buford died, probably of typhoid, in Washington D.C. five months after the battle of Gettysburg. Grey Eagle participated in his master’s funeral procession, which was attended by President Lincoln.

Gimlet – The “celebrated war horse of the Rappahannock” belonging to Private John C. Babcock, perhaps the most publicized scout in the Civil War. Babcock was an architect from Chicago whose drafting skills led him to be assigned as a cartographer in Allen Pinkerton's new Intelligence Bureau for the Army of the Potomac. Unlike other mapmakers of the time, Babcock personally scouted the front lines at great risk to himself and Gimlet. As a result, however, he produced some of the most accurate maps of the war, including one which was described by General McClellan as the finest piece of topographical work he had ever seen. Shadowing the Confederate army near Fredericksburg, Private Babcock was credited with first discovering the Confederate army's forward movement which ended at Gettysburg.

Handsome Joe - The warhorse of Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, commander of the VI Corps which arrived on the battlefield on July 2nd after marching 35 miles in just 15 hours. Surviving Gettysburg unharmed, General Sedgwick was killed ten months later at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House when he was shot by a Confederate sharpshooter from more than a mile away. He was the highest-ranking Union casualty in the entire Civil War. A statue just north of Little Round Top depicts General Sedgwick sitting atop Handsome Joe. The general’s other horses included Rambler and Cornwall.

Lancer - The horse ridden by Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer, commander of the 2nd Brigade (“Michigan Brigade”), 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, at Gettysburg. General Custer and two of his brothers (one of whom had been awarded two Medals of Honor in the Civil War) were famously killed 13 years later at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, popularly known as “Custer’s Last Stand.” Custer’s other horses included Don Juan, Harry, Dandy, Vic, and Roanoke.

Old Baldy - The favorite mount of Maj. Gen. George M. Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac. Baldy was wounded many times during the war, including the second day of Gettysburg when he was hit in the stomach by a bullet that first passed through Gen. Meade’s right leg. Baldy survived the battle, however, and outlived Meade himself by more than 10 years. Today, Baldy's head is mounted on a plaque in a glass case, under the care of the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table, on exhibit in the Meade Room of the Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia. There is a monument to Meade, riding Baldy on the battlefield, east of Hancock Avenue on the Leister farm. Meade’s other horses included Blackie, Gertie, and Old Bill.

Old Jim - The horse ridden to Gettysburg by Col. Strong Vincent, commander of a Union brigade and native of Pennsylvania. In Hanover on July 1st, Col. Vincent sat on Old Jim as he watched his headquarters flag being unfurled and exclaimed to a staff officer, “What death more glorious can any man desire than to die on the soil of old Pennsylvania fighting for that flag.” True to his prophecy, Vincent was mortally wounded at Gettysburg. An engraving on a boulder on Little Round Top marks the spot where he fell.

Pretty - a "sprightly mare" ridden by Brig. Gen. David McMurtrie Gregg, commander of a division of Union cavalry. He helped stop Confederate cavalry General J.E.B Stuart, who attacked the Union right flank on July 3rd about 3 miles east of Gettysburg in what is now called the "East Cavalry Field." Gregg, astride his faithful Pretty, is immortalized by a statue in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Plug Ugly - The battle mount of Brig. Gen. Alpheus S. Williams, commander of the XII Corps (replacing Slocum). Gen. Williams survived the war unwounded, due in no small part to Plug Ugly, who was wounded numerous times, including taking the brunt of a shell which exploded beneath them at Chancellorsville. Plug Ugly survived his wounds and was with the general at Gettysburg. He was retired about a year later and died shortly thereafter. A statue of Gen. Williams atop Plug Ugly stands at the intersection of Central Avenue and Inselruhe Avenue on Belle Isle (Detroit). Gen. Williams’ other horses were Yorkshire and Major.

Slicky - The horse ridden by Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, commander of the Cavalry Corps. When his own horse was not readily available, Gen. Meade borrowed Slicky on July 2nd in order to ride out to investigate reports of a Confederate attack upon General Sickles' lines on the Union left flank.

Tammany - The warhorse of Maj. Gen. Dan Sickles, the controversial commander of the III Corps. Gen. Sickles was sitting atop Tammany observing the action around the Peach Orchard on July 2nd when he was struck by a cannonball. The shell tore through the general’s right leg, leaving it dangling below the knee. Tammany was remarkably uninjured by the shell, however, and remained calm as the general dismounted with the help of his aides. General Sickles’ other horses included Grand Old Canister and Grape.

-- The South --

Black (or "Old Black") - the battle horse of Gen. George Edward Pickett, for whom the famous "charge" on July 3rd was named. Black was steady, strong, and sure-footed but would allow no one but General Pickett to mount her. She was a charger – staid and indifferent to bursting shells. Pickett's other horses included Romeo (see below) and Lucy.

Butler - a burly bay, the favorite horse of Brig. Gen. Wade Hampton III, a brigade commander in J.E.B. Stuart's Division. At Gettysburg on July 3rd, Hampton earned the Confederate Medal of Honor when, despite a saber wound to the head, he charged atop Butler to the aid of a trooper who was fighting alone and surrounded by the enemy. Hampton killed several of the enemy and rescued the trooper but received a shrapnel wound to his hip and a second saber wound which fractured his skull. Hampton and Butler survived the battle and, upon the death of J.E.B Stuart the next year, Hampton was promoted to lead the Cavalry Corps. Hampton's other horse was Captain.

Dixie - The large dark bay of Col. Edward Porter Alexander, commander of Alexander's Battery, Artillery Reserve, and the officer in charge of the massive artillery bombardment preceding Pickett's Charge. Col. Alexander sometimes rode Meg, a shorter, lighter bay, and it was said that his life was saved many times by his choice of horses. While atop Dixie, it was said on some occasions that his leg may have been taken off by a projectile if he had been riding the smaller horse. And while atop Meg it was said that his head would have been taken off by an artillery shell if he had been riding the taller horse.

Fire Fly - The horse of Maj. Gen. Robert E. Rodes, divisional commander in the Second Corps, who led the successful assault from Oak Hill against the right flank of the Union I Corps. The horse may have been the namesake for a short-lived space western television series which debuted in 2002. The writer and director of “Firefly” was Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) whose inspiration for the series came from reading The Killer Angels, a novel about the Battle of Gettysburg.

Hero - ridden by Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, commander of the First Corps. After the death of Stonewall Jackson two months before Gettysburg, Lee looked to Longstreet as his second-in-command, referring to Longstreet as his “Old War Horse.” Under orders by General Lee, Longstreet reluctantly supervised the disastrous infantry assault known as Pickett’s Charge. There is a monument to General Longstreet riding Hero at Pitzer Woods (at the amphitheater).

Jeff Davis - The favorite roan horse of Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood, divisional commander in the First Corps. Of the horse, General Hood said, “whenever he was in condition I rode him in battle and, remarkable as it may seem, he generally received the bullets and bore me unscathed.” At Gettysburg, Jeff Davis was lame and General Hood could not mount him in the field. So General Hood mounted another horse and, true to the superstition, was shot from the saddle but survived. General Hood described Jeff Davis as a “spirited and fearless animal” who performed his duty and survived the war.

Jinny - the faithful mare of Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble, Aide de Camp, Second Army Corps (Ewell’s). Upon the mortal wounding of Maj. Gen. Pender, Trimble was assigned to lead one of the three southern divisions in Pickett’s Charge. As they crossed the Emmitsburg Road, a bullet smashed the general’s left ankle, also wounding Jinny. Jinny managed to return the general to the Confederate lines but subsequently died of her own wounds. General Trimble’s leg was amputated but, for fear of infection during the long retreat of the Southern army, he was left to be captured by Union forces and spent the balance of the war in Federal prison camps.

Magic - the dark chestnut mount of Capt. William Blackford, Aide-de-camp of J.E.B Stuart. Magic had a nervous temperament and was easily distracted but unmatched in quickness and fiery spirit. "She was as fleet as the wind and as active and as quick as a cat, and no fence or ditch could stop her." Blackford's other horses included Comet and Manassas.

Milroy - The new acquisition of Brig. Gen. John Brown Gordon, a Brigade commander in Early's Division, Second Corps. Milroy was an immense and majestic coal-black stallion whose “neck was clothed with thunder.” The horse was named for Union General Robert Milroy, from whom he was captured two weeks before Gettysburg at the Second Battle of Winchester. Although General Gordon was greatly impressed with Milroy’s appearance, he said that Gettysburg was “the first and only fight in which I attempted to ride him” because when bullets started flying, Milroy took off for the rear to the disgrace of his rider.

Old Fox - The steed of Col. F. G Skinner, 1st Virginia Infantry, Kemper's Brigade, Pickett's Division, First Corps. Old Fox was a sorrel famed for prowess as a hunter. Ten months earlier, Col. Skinner distinguished himself at the Second Battle of Manassas by riding into the enemy’s artillery lines atop Old Fox and cutting down the cannoniers "40 or 50 yds" in advance of his own infantry. Colonel Skinner was wounded three times (in the leg, chest, and arm) and removed from field duty but was restored to command at Gettysburg where he led the 1st Virginia Infantry during Pickett’s Charge.

Pocahontas - The horse of Brig. Gen. George H. Steuart, commander of an infantry brigade in Johnson’s Division, Second Corps. The general was a native of Baltimore and was called “Maryland Steuart” to distinguish him from Virginia cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart. Upon entering Maryland during the Gettysburg campaign, General Steuart was said to have jumped down from Pocahontas, kissed his native soil, and performed seventeen double somersaults while whistling the tune “Maryland, My Maryland” (better known as the tune to "O Tannenbaum"). His celebration was premature, however, as Steuart’s Brigade lost nearly half its strength in the failed attempt to capture Culp’s Hill. The horse was named for the daughter of the Powhatan Indian chief.

Red Eye - Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett initially rode a dark bay mare who was killed early in the battle. Then he mounted his best horse, Red Eye, a bay gelding. During Pickett’s Charge, horse and rider went down in a hail of lead near the stone wall. Red Eye was seen running back across Confederate lines 30 minutes later but without his rider. In fact, the general’s body was never recovered – very unusual for an officer of his stature. It is assumed that the canister shot at close range left his body unrecognizable and that he was buried in a mass grave.

Rifle - the much-cherished steed of Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell, commander of the Second Corps. Gen. Ewell often rode in a buggy because his left leg was amputated below the knee about a year before Gettysburg, making it difficult to mount his horse. He kept Rifle, a “flea bitten gray”, close at hand, however, and was sometimes lifted into the saddle and strapped to his horse to avoid falling off.

Romeo - a black gelding belonging to Gen. George Edward Pickett whose name was immortalized by the futile and bloody assault on the third day of the battle. Although Pickett had several horses over the course of the war (see "Black" above), he preferred Romeo for special occasions, including when he accompanied General Lee to the Appomattox surrender in 1865.

Traveller - The famous mount of Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of The Army of Northern Virginia. Originally named “Jeff Davis,” the horse was purchased by General Lee in 1862 and renamed Traveller (with two L’s in the British style). Traveller was an American Saddlebred, iron grey with black points. He was loved by Lee because he had great stamina and was difficult to frighten. Although General Lee was said to have most frequently ridden another horse, Lucy Long, at Gettysburg, the general’s statue on West Confederate Avenue depicts him upon his noble steed, Traveller. Upon the general’s death in 1870, Traveller marched in the funeral procession “his step slow and head bowed” as if he understood the meaning of the occasion. After his own death two years later, Traveller was buried, exhumed, mounted for display, and finally reburied in 1971 next to the Lee Chapel on the campus of the University, a few feet from General Lee’s own burial place. Lee’s other horses included Brown-Roan, Richmond, and Ajax.

Virginia - ridden by Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, commander of Stuart’s Division (Cavalry). Virginia was credited with preventing Gen. Stuart’s capture on the day before Gettysburg. Chased by a squad of Yankees at the Battle of Hanover, Gen. Stuart spurred Virginia who jumped a 15-foot-wide water-filled ditch, effecting their escape. Gen. Stuart’s other horses included Highfly, My Maryland, Skylark, General, Chancellor, Star of the East, and Bullet.

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