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Below is a list of the names and foaling or purchase dates (if known) of Thomas Jefferson's riding horses.
|Horse Name||Foaled||Sold, Given Away, or Died|
||1758||unknown; last reference June 2, 1778|
||1763; purchased from Francis Willis ca. 1773||given away (date unknown)|
|The General||1769; purchased from Alexander Spotswood in 1775|
|Caractacus||1775||unknown; last reference 1790|
|Remus & Romulus (carriage horses)||Unknown|
|Bremo||Spring 1806; purchased by Jefferson 1814|
|The Eagle||purchased 1820|
- List compiled by Gaye Wilson, February 1999, based on Betts, Farm Book, 87-109.
- Campbell, Julie. The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History. Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press, 2010.
- Harrison, Fairfax. Early American Turf Stock, 1730-1780. Richmond, Va.: Old Dominion Press, 1934. 3 vols. Volume One (Mares) available online.
- Massachusetts Historical Society. Thomas Jefferson's Farm Book. See pp. 1-2.
- Look for sources in the Thomas Jefferson Portal
- 1. "Ally Croker" was a famous eighteenth-century Irish folk song.
- 2. MB, 1:465.
- 3. Most likely not named by Jefferson.
- 4. MB, 1:333.
- 5. Cú Chulainn was a hero from Irish mythology, probably familiar to Jefferson from James Macpherson's Works of Ossian (1765).
- 6. Jefferson to Charles Lilburne Lewis, February 22, 1790, in PTJ, 16:192.