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.