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About LoyaltyOfDogs

Our unique souvenirs and gifts honor the faithful dogs of the American Civil War to support animal rescue. Our donation total to date: $2,870. (updated 6/30/19) Learn more at http://www.LoyaltyOfDogs.com.

Romeo and Juliet of Co. D, 44th Massachusetts Volunteers: A Tragedy in Two Brief Acts

Soldiers of Company D of the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers were pleased to have a friendly dog and cat join their ranks while the regiment was training at Readville, Massachusetts, in October 1862. Writing under the pen name “Corporal,” Zenas T. … Continue reading

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Larry Kelly and His Dog, “Watch,” Reunited in Eternity

Albion Winegar Tourgée, historian of the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, recounted the story of Larry Kelly and his dog, Watch, who served in the regiment together until a fateful day in August 1864: “Everyone in the regiment knew Larry. His … Continue reading

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When dogs visit Gettysburg…

Gettysburg has a well-earned reputation as a dog-friendly town. Its welcoming spirit is cited frequently in travel blogs* and other publications. “Dogs welcome” signs can be spotted in windows of downtown shops, sometimes accompanied by water bowls beside the door … Continue reading

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Waggish Soldiers Are Barking Mad About Their Tents

About those “dog tents”: “Winter and spring, 1863. Cold and rain and mud while the armies waited out nearly six months for good marching and fighting weather. By March there was an indication it had come. The Pioneer Brigade was … Continue reading

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Dogs at Lincoln’s Funeral

Crowds gathered in Springfield, Illinois, 154 years ago today to lay Abraham Lincoln to rest following the last funeral to be held as his body made its journey home from Washington, D.C. To all those who knew that the late … Continue reading

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Three Dogs Saved From Drowning

A group of oil rig workers in the Gulf of Thailand are being praised as heroes today, after  rescuing a dog found swimming more than 130 miles off the coast of Thailand. If you missed that story, you can see … Continue reading

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The “Singing” War Dog of Co. F, 5th Massachusetts Infantry

The band of the Fifth Massachusetts Infantry celebrated the regiment’s return home from the war with a concert that was almost, but not quite, drowned out by the “singing” of Company F’s dog. “Everybody remembers the trip home, especially the … Continue reading

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Jack, Dog of Company F, the 5th Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers

Intelligent, brave, and feisty, Jack obviously appreciated good order in military life and did his part to see that appropriate decorum was maintained. No doubt he endeared himself to the officers as well as the enlisted men of the 5th … Continue reading

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Memorial

Union and Confederate forces fought their way to a draw at Hatcher’s Run, Virginia, on Feb. 5, 1865. The conflict would resume the next day, and the Union would ultimately prevail. But among the casualties of Feb. 6 was the … Continue reading

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“Only A Dog”

From an unassuming beginning, Tommy quickly went on to earn the admiration and affection of the men of the 165th New York Volunteers.  He served throughout the war, remaining with comrades in the hospital, trekking over many miles to miraculously … Continue reading

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