Traveller weighed about eleven hundred pounds and stood nearly sixteen hands high. He outlived General Lee and, upon his death, was buried next to the Lee Chapel. Although Traveller was Lee's favorite horse, his stable also included four other horses: Richmond, Brown-Roan, Ajax, and Lucy Long.
On March 9, 1862, two American warships, the Monitor and the Merrimack, engaged in a four-hour close-range duel which finally resulted in a draw. The battle was remarkable because it was the first engagement between two ironclad warships and, thus, marked a revolution in naval warfare.
South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union on December 20, 1860. South Carolina troops also fired the first shots of the Civil War in 1861 when they fired on Union troops in Fort Sumter. Ironically, South Carolina had also been the first state to ratify the original constitution of the United States on February 5, 1778.
One of Jefferson Davis' own slaves, Mary Bowser served an important role in the Union spy ring organized by Elizabeth Van Lew. Although exactly what intelligence she gathered is unknown, the value of Van Lew's ring was noted by Generals Benjamin Butler, Ulysses S. Grant, and George H. Sharpe.
Some Native American tribes, such as the Creek and the Choctaw, were slaveholders and found a political and economic commonality with the Confederacy. When Confederate Brigadier General Albert Pike authorized the raising of Native American regiments during the fall of 1860, Creeks, Choctaws, and Cherokees responded with considerable enthusiasm. Their zeal for the Confederate cause, however, began to evaporate when they found that neither arms nor pay had been arranged for them.