Thursday, August 15, 2013
Pit Bulls in War-- Part 2: Jack of the 102nd Pa.
The dog Jack of the 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry is believed to have been part pit bull. Before the war, he was the mascot of a Pittsburgh fire department company and he went off to war with his men. He was captured by Confederates twice during the war and even once part of a prisoner exchange along with 94 soldiers from his unit. Jack was at Antietam, Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and the Wilderness. In December 1864, he disappeared, believed to have been killed for his silver collar given to him by his unit. The Story of a Dog. --Old Secesh