Re: Is this Gen. A.P. Hill?
Yes, the horse is cow-hocked, but that might be his natural stance at rest, you would have to watch him in motion from the rear to see how much it effects his gait. The term "common cob" means this horse is a "short thickset grade horse". In the picture the horse looks to be about 15 hands, which is not that short and the thickset may not be a bad thing. It may give him a little more lung and endurance. His muscle tone looks good and his age is probably less than 10 years. His mane could use a little brushing and he doesn't look that great, but this ain't no horse show here. Only the rider knew how much "HEART" he had, whether the rider was A.P. Hill or not. I would hate to see this man judge General Grant's horse Shorty.
I don't know if this picture is of Gen. A.P. Hill and his horse, but any soldier that would ride a dapple gray, gray or white horse into battle was a brave man, as he was betting his life as an easy mark, so horses of these colors would had to have been a very good mount or he would have been riding a bay.
I sometime worked the horse race tracks and I don't know how many times I heard a novice say "I'm betting on the gray". Just like the novice betting on a gray anytime a civil war soldier got a chance to shoot at a soldier mounted on a gray or white horse he would take it.
Read the Leander Stillwell book. R.D.