Old Baldy is the taxidermy head of the horse of George Meade, the Union general who defeated Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg. It is said that Baldy was wounded anywhere from 5 to 14 times during the war, starting at the First Battle of Bull Run. Soon after, in September 1861, he was purchased from the government by Meade and named Baldy because of his white face. Meade became quite devoted to him and rode him in all of his battles through 1862 and the spring of 1863. Upon Baldy's death, his head was mounted on a plaque and displayed in a glass case at The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum.
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