Black Jack was the riderless horse representing the mount of a fallen leader in the funeral processions of Presidents John F. Kennedy (1963), Herbert Hoover (1964), Lyndon B. Johnson (1973), and General Douglas MacArthur (1964), among others.  Named for General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, he was foaled in Kansas in 1947, raised and trained at the Fort Reno, Oklahoma, Remount Station, and was one of the last of the military horses produced by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Remount Service.  After Black Jack was transferred in 1952 to Fort Myer, Virginia, he participated in thousands of military funerals of Americans honored with final resting places in Arlington National Cemetery.  Passing away in 1976, the revered horse was buried with full military honors on a parade ground at Fort Myer, where he had lived for 24 years. 
Black Jack waits for John F. Kennedy's casket to be carried down the Capitol Building steps, November 25, 1963.
Welcome.  We're blogging about famous horses in history from the time of Alexander the Great's horse Bucephalus forward, the not-so-famous horse that has touched your life in a significant way, or the horses in memorable stories.  I've begun with a horse named Black Jack, who became familiar to me during my research for the historical novel, The Woman Who Loved Horses.   Black Jack doesn't appear in my novel, and in fact, only about 10% of my research material made its way into the story.   But that's writing, and this is about horses.  Please tell us about one in a post.


    Don Walters grew up with horses in Kentucky, where he makes his home today.


    July 2011