The War Horse at Virginia Historical Society


The War Horse at the Virginia Historical Society on The Boulevard, Richmond, Va.WHAT: The War Horse at the Virginia Historical Society on The Boulevard, Richmond, Va.

LOCATION: 428 North Boulevard, Museum District.

The bronze horse sculpture is mounted on a six-foot base and surrounded by a high iron fence.ARTIST: Tessa Pullan.

DEDICATION: September 17, 1997.

DESCRIPTION: The bronze horse sculpture is mounted on a six-foot base and surrounded by a high iron fence. The statue stands in front of the Virginia Historical Society on The Boulevard. The War Horse is a memorial to the Civil War horse, designed by Tessa Pullan of Rutland, England, and given to the historical society by Paul Mellon.

An inscription on the granite reads:

In memory of the one and one half million horses and mules of the Confederate and Union armies who were killed, were wounded or died from disease in the Civil War. 

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The first thing most people notice with the statue is the ribs. The horse is intentionally gaunt and overly thin, indicating how difficult it must have been for the dedicated domesticated animals during the Civil War. The best time to see the statue may be at night, as a floodlight focused on The War Horse helps cast a huge shadow on the granite walls of the VHS.  Take a walk or drive by on The Boulevard some evening to see for yourself.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chućk Wilcox on October 12, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Can I buy a small replica of this statue.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Donald J. Davison on March 9, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Doesn’t anybody ever read these tings. Shame on you.

    Reply

  3. Posted by Donald J. Davison on February 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Somebody answer!!!

    Reply

  4. Posted by Donald J. Davison on February 11, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Who to i talk to to get permission?????

    Reply

  5. Posted by Donald J. Davison on February 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Permissiojhn to use the photo of the war horse at Virginia Historical Society
    I have finished a book on the Civil War horses and would like to use the picture

    Reply

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