Every three months, I have Sadie write a short history paper about something or someone she wants to learn more about from the era we are studying in our curriculum. For her November paper, we had just finished the colonial origins of America and the Revolutionary War. She chose to write a paper on the inventions of Benjamin Franklin.
Traveller was Robert E. Lee’s horse during the Civil War. He was a American Saddle Bred, a beautiful iron grey color. He was 16 hands high. He was named Traveller because he always wanted to go, go, go. General Lee spelled his horse’s name with two ‘l’s’ because that is the way the British spell it.
Robert E. Lee rode Traveller almost all the war. General Lee did have other horses, but Traveller was his favorite and is the one best remembered. He must have been a very brave and even-tempered horse to have survived all those battles.
Sources: Wikipedia's Traveller page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traveller_(horse)
Civil War Home's Traveller page: http://www.civilwarhome.com/leeshorses.htm
Stratford Hall's Website: http://www.stratfordhall.org/learn/lees/leehorses.php
(I know, I hate that it is all from on-line resources, too. Normally, I would have her check out books from the library; but, a search of our library's catalog revealed no non-fiction accounts of Traveller, and we ran out of time to look for Traveller information tucked into other biographies of Robert E. Lee. Sadie did a good job of synthesizing the information she found on the Internet, I think. Of course, I am entirely unbiased.)