The Story of Sallie the Yankee
The American Pit Bull Terrier was used in the Civil War to protect, send messages, and to act as mascots in American World War I propaganda and recruiting posters.
Sallie, a brindel bull terrier, joined the Civil War as a puppy in the early days of the war. Sallie held her position on the line and barked fiercely at the enemy.
At Gettysburg, Sallie was separated from her unit in the confusion of battle. She returned to her unit's former position atop Oak Ridge, staying among her fallen comrades, licking wounds of the injured.
Days later, after the Confederates retreated from the field, she was found weakened and malnourished, amidst the dead and debris. A compassionate soldier recognized her and returned Sallie to her unit.
On Feb. 6, 1865, at Hatcher's Run, Va., a bullet struck Sallie in the head, killing her.
Heartbroken over the loss of their beloved mascot, the men buried her on the filed of battle under heavy enemy fire.
This is the only known image of Sallie.