Everyone loves animals. Civil War soldiers were no different. In 1864, the XIX Corps came to Virginia from Louisiana and brought with it some unusual pets. Here is a brief piece from the Janesville Gazette, August 31, 1864 that describes a couple of mascots that the XIX Corps men took with them into the Shenandoah Valley.
SOLDIERS love pets in camp.
Here are two stories from a Washington paper:
“The oddest pets we have yet seen were two bears, which the 12th Maine regiment of the 19th Corps, led through the city recently. These bears were brought all the way from Louisiana, and have been in: several fights. They have become perfectly tame and tractable, and march along at the head of the band, with an air that indicates they feel themselves veteran soldiers of the bruin order, and that they have a character to sustain. A regiment that passed through some days ago had with it a mountain goat, captured, also in Louisiana, and which had been in several battles and skirmishes. In one of the latter he was seriously wounded, but by careful nursing he got well.”