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Object Name Souvenir
Catalog Number 0985.13.00264
Description The souvenir is a decomposed horse hoof. A paper label glued to the hoof reads, "Gen'l Turner Ashby's White Horse's Hoof - Killed on shot and died in a few hours - Near New Market, Va. on Valley Pike, April 17, 1862."
Material hoof
Dimensions H-2.5 W-4 inches
Event Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
Provenance Hoof of Ashby's favorite horse Tom Telegraph, who was mortally wounded. [Note: this was not the same action in which Ashby was mortally wounded.]

"Gen'l Ashby's white horse's hoof. Horse wounded 5 miles north of New Market Apl. 17th 1862 and died half mile south of New Market near the Vy. [VA] Pike. He was shot through the lungs. He was the white horse that was so often spoken of and written about by friend and foe. On an advance always in front, on retreat always in rear. Dr. S.P.C. Henkel preserved this hoof and the thigh bone. Of the latter crochet needles were made and sold in Baltimore at a church fair (luth) for $50.00."
"The hoof souvenir came from Brig. Gen. Turner Ashby's white horse. This white horse was often spoken of and written about by friend and foe - "on an advance, always in front, on a retreat, always in the rear." It was not strange that when he was shot through the lungs, April 17, 1862 five miles north of New Market, and died a half mile south of that place, that he was remembered, and that his hoof and thigh bone have been preserved by Dr. O. C. Miller of New Market."
People Ashby, Turner
Tom Telegraph
Search Terms Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
Subjects mourning (tentative)
Dead animals
Casualties, War
War casualties