"[African American] drivers of the baggage train attached to General Pleasonton's Cavalry brigade watering their mules in the Rappahannock. General Pleasonton's cavalry was attended by a very efficient forage brigade, consisting of mules and [African American] riders. Our sketch represents their drivers taking them to water at the river. The hard work these animals will endure is something wonderful, and justifies the high estimation in which they are held in the army." — Frank Leslie, 1896

Baggage train

"[African American] drivers of the baggage train attached to General Pleasonton's Cavalry brigade watering…

An illustration of a group of children riding a mule.

Children Riding Mule

An illustration of a group of children riding a mule.

A donkey hee-hawing.

Donkey

A donkey hee-hawing.

An illustration of a child being kicked by a donkey.

Donkey Kicking Child

An illustration of a child being kicked by a donkey.

Two donkeys racing with people riding on them.

Donkey Race

Two donkeys racing with people riding on them.

The tame donkey used as a beast of burden.

Domestic Donkey

The tame donkey used as a beast of burden.

A tame donkey with a off-white coat.

White Donkey

A tame donkey with a off-white coat.

An illustration of an elderly man resting on the back of his mule.

Man and Mule

An illustration of an elderly man resting on the back of his mule.

An illustration of an adult male sitting upon a mule.

Man on Horse

An illustration of an adult male sitting upon a mule.

"In 1818 William Eator obtained a patent for a self-acting mule, in which the operations ordinarily performed by the spinner were effected by automatic means, and this machine, though not extensively adopted, contained several ingenious arrangements." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Mule

"In 1818 William Eator obtained a patent for a self-acting mule, in which the operations ordinarily…

A mule is a member of the horse family. A mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse, while a hinny is a cross between a male horse and a female donkey, but is not the name of a female mule. Mules are more common than hinnies. Because horses and donkeys have different numbers of chromosomes,all male and most female mules and hinnies are infertile crossbreeds.

Mule & Hinny

A mule is a member of the horse family. A mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse,…

The animal life of Assyria was extremely varied. This image depicts a mule from this area.

Assyrian Mule

The animal life of Assyria was extremely varied. This image depicts a mule from this area.

This image depicts citizens along a narrow road in Spain. A woman rests in chair while donkeys walk on the other side of the road.

Narrow Street in Spain

This image depicts citizens along a narrow road in Spain. A woman rests in chair while donkeys walk…

A wood-saw hanging on a sawhorse, which is a legged beam to support a piece of wood while sawing.

Sawhorse

A wood-saw hanging on a sawhorse, which is a legged beam to support a piece of wood while sawing.

"Probably no inventive contribution has been offered to the cotton trade more important than the mule. Samuel Crompton of Bolton completes in 1775 his invention of the mule jenny, contriving which he had been engages for several years. But this machine, possessing great merit and advantages, did not come into general use, nor was its value known, until after the expiration of Arkwright's patent, the spinner till then being confined to the rove prepared from common jenny spinning, which was unsuitable to the mule jenny." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

The Mule

"Probably no inventive contribution has been offered to the cotton trade more important than the mule.…