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Nelson (horse)

Washington with Nelson at Trenton

Nelson was

  1. ^ "George Washington's horse". Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Papers of George Washington". Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The First Horse Nelson, which George Washington rode during the Revolutionary War". Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "George Washington's Mount Vernon: Nelson (horse)". Retrieved August 30, 2013. 


Washington ceased to ride Nelson after the war, despite his success in battle. Nelson and Washington's other war horse, Blueskin, merely lived at Mount Vernon post-war with George Washington serving only as presidential pets.

Nelson was born in 1763 and was given to Washington in 1778. It was received by Thomas Nelson of Virginia, after whom the horse was then named, and given to Washington in New York at the time. Washington stated that Nelson was his most favored horse to use during the Revolutionary War, as he was not easily provoked by the sounds of battle.


[4] As Washington was known for being a skilled horse rider, Nelson was a significant icon for a number of years, being one of Washington's favorite horses.[3][2][1]

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