01997 - Gen. Grant's horse "Cincinnati"; City Point, Virginia; March 1865 (LC-DIG-cwpb-01997)
The best known of Grant’s horses during the war was Cincinnati, the son of Lexington, who was the fastest four mile thoroughbred in the United States. Grant was given the horse as a gift by a man who signed his name as S. S. Grant. He asked the General that the horse be well taken care of and never ill-treated. Soon this became Grant’s favorite horse and is featured in several statues and paintings of the General.
Grant allowed only two men to regularly ride Cincinnati; the first being President Lincoln during his visits to Grant in City Point, Virginia. The second being Admiral Daniel Ammen who had saved Grant’s life from drowning when he was a school boy. Grant turned down 10,000 dollars in gold for the horse and kept him even after he became President. Cincinnati lived out the end of his life on the farm of Admiral Ammen.