A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course...but evidently, you can try to...well...read below:
As stated in a wonderful article from the equally wonderful National Archives and Records Administrstion (NARA) publication, Prologue:
Often, researching a family member's Civil War military service can be a double-edged sword. Many researchers have the expectation that their ancestors' military service was honorable-- highlighted by famous battles, displays of courage under fire, and medals earned. Unfortunately, what some genealogists find is that their ancestors' military service was not as courageous and honorable as stories passed from generation to generation would have them believe. Although many love to romanticize the American Civil War, much happened that soldiers would not brag about to their families. Army life was hard, and desertion, insubordination, cowardice under fire, theft, murder, and rape were not uncommon. Evidence of such behavior in the Union army can be found in entry 15, Court-Martial Case Files, 1809-1894, Record Group 153, Records of the Judge Advocate General (Army). This series includes proceedings of general courts-martial, courts of inquiry, and military commissions. A general court-martial is the highest military tribunal convened to try violations of military law. A court of inquiry is an investigative body that lacks the power to impose punishments. And military commissions are special courts established under martial law for the investigation and trial of private citizens.
You can read the entire article here and it has great advice for people doing research on their ancestors.
Below is a set of scans from "General Orders No. 11 - January 7, 1862 - Department of the Missouri," in my collection, with details of scrapes in which members of the 1st Indiana Cavalry (and other units) found themselves, including a Private William Bishop: accused of being too "amorous" with a horse.For the benefit of Googlers, Bingers, Yahooers, and other assorted web-crawlers, here are some names for keyword purposes:
John Moore - Company B - 1st Indiana CavalryJohn M. Brock - Company D - 1st Indiana Cavalry
John Judge - Company A - 38th IllinoisJohn Hipple - Company I - 21st Illinois
Wm. Huff - Company I - 21st IllinoisAndrew W. Jackson - Company C - 21st Illinois
George W. Stephens - Company A - 21st IllinoisRobert Taylor - Company E - 38th Illinois
Jasper M. Hickson - Company A - 21st IllinoisJohn W. Clark - Company D - 38th Illinois
Henry Warrant - Company D - 21st Illinois
William Bishop - Company H – 1st Indiana Cavalry