Harvey, a pit bull terrier, and his owner Daniel Sterns, joined the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1862. Harvey was at times seen standing watch with soldiers on guard in the evenings. He was also known to bark and sway at campfire sing-a-longs. While the 104th battled in Georgia in 1864, Harvey was wounded and captured. Under a flag of truce, Harvey was returned the next day. In 1865 Harvey and his owner Sterns finished their term of service and left the military.
Sallie, a Staffordshire Terrier, was gifted to the Union Army’s 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. During the Battle of Gettysburg, Sallie was separated from her unit. She was found 3 days later standing guard over the bodies of soldiers from her unit. Sallie was killed in 1865 during the Battle of Hatcher’s Run. She was so loved that there was a monument built for her at Gettysburg.
In 1903, Bud, a pit bull, was the first dog to travel in a car across America. Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall Crocker traveled from San Francisco to New York City. They found Bud in Idaho. Bud was fitted with goggles to protect his eyes from dust and dirt. At one point Bud got ill from drinking bad water. Jackson, Crocker, and Bud got lost in Wyoming. They went for 36hrs without food. They finally found a sheepherder who gave them a meal. Once they reached NYC, Jackson met up with his wife. They drove home to Vermont and took Bud with them.
In July of 1921, a short brindle bull terrier became a decorated World War 1 hero. Sergeant Stubby was the first dog to ever be awarded rank in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 102nd Infantry. Sergeant Stubby was the greatest war dog in the United States history.
Now there is an animated movie about Sergeant Stubby!