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Washington on Blueskin
Washington Receiving a Salute on the Field of Trenton, another portrayal of Blueskin

Blueskin was a "gray horse ridden by "George Washington. He was one of Washington's two primary mounts during the "American Revolutionary War. The horse was a "half-Arabian, sired by the stallion "Ranger", also known as "Lindsay's "Arabian", said to have been obtained from the "Sultan of Morocco.[1][2] Blueskin was a gift to Washington from Colonel Benjamin Tasker Dulany (c. 1752–1816) of Maryland. Dulany married Elizabeth French, a ward of Washington's, who gave her away at her wedding to Dulany on February 10, 1773.[3]

Blueskin, due to his white hair coat, was the horse most often portrayed in artwork depicting Washington on a horse.[4] Washington's other primary riding horse was "Nelson, a "chestnut gelding said to be calmer under fire than Blueskin. Both horses were retired after the Revolutionary War. Blueskin lived at "Mount Vernon,[5] until he was returned to Mrs. Dulany in November 1785 with the following note:

"General Washington presents his best respects to Mrs Dulany with the horse blueskin; which he wishes was better worth her acceptance. Marks of antiquity have supplied the place of those beauties with which this horse abounded—in his better days. Nothing but the recollection of which, & of his having been the favourite of Mr Dulany in the days of his Court ship, can reconcile her to the meagre appearance he now makes. Mrs Washington presents her Compliments and thanks to Mrs Dulany for the Roots of Scarcity."[6]


  1. ^ Hur, Ben. "Washington's Best Saddle Horse". Western Horseman. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  2. ^ University of Virginia. "Frequently Asked Questions: Military/Government". The Papers of George Washington. University of Virginia. Archived from the original on 13 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Maryland Historical Magazine". Google Books. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Laura. "Horses of War". American Cowboy. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nelson". George Washington's Mount Vernon. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Founders Archives". From George Washington to Elizabeth French Dulany, 23 November 1785. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 

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