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This site is dedicated to researching the Harty Family in the United States of America. Drawing our lineage back to Hans Jacobsen Hartje, immigrating from Bern, Switzerland and arriving in America on April 16, 1663 in New Amsterdam (modern day New York City), our line has been based out of Southeast Missouri since the late 1790's. The primary aim of this site is to gather the family together from across the Nation and even the entire world, as we seek to number our family and take pleasure in the diversity of each individual in the Harty Family.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Old Family Stories

In a recent post on my 8th Missouri Cavalry Regiment site, my Dad mentioned how he as a boy like to pretend he was riding with Robert E. Lee, JEB Stuart and Stonewall Jackson. In his minds' eye, he imagined riding a "magnificent Bay horse". Per his description, it (in my minds' eye!) looked like this.

Correct me if I'm wrong and this isn't close to what you imagined, Dad. Thanks to my cousin, Celesta (my Aunt Paulette's daughter - Paulette is one of my Dad's sisters) this picture, with photoshopped black socks all around, should be right on target! (Thanks for the photo work, Celesta...please make additions anytime!) This is a champion from Australia called Maori's Idol). But it is a magnificent horse. Dad, as a boy on his stick horses, often rode 'Old Dan' when riding with the generals.

Dad recorded this story in the beginning of Chapter Four of his book Grandpap's War. That link should take you to a pdf version of Dad's book. If not, it is linked on my 8th Missouri site under the Videos and Books Archive on the right.

I'd love to post other family stories on this site as well. I welcome any and all...from direct line to me to distant cousins. Just email them to me and I'll post them.


Bethany said...

What a beautiful animal!

Dad said...

Brent, the Tennessee Walker that I had for a short while was almost a duplicate of this horse. He is beautiful and would fit in well with my mind's image of "Old Dan". Good job finding him! Thanks!

CSA Brent said...


I'm glad to hear it...I would have loved to had seen your Tennessee Walker...a sad story for sure. Glad you liked it!

CSA Mike said...

Brent, I have 3 bays at the house now. A 15HH bay mule with 4 black socks, a 15+HH bay Mustang, and a 14HH bay quarter horse with white socks. Nice story.