We watch stallions of grandeur and brute force command the battlefield in epic TV series and movies like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to blockbuster fantasies such as “Lord of the Rings.” Learn locally why horses were vital to warfare by visiting Columbus’ National Infantry Museum, which is just outside Fort Benning — home of the infantry. The 190,000-square-foot museum traces the 240-year history of the Army Infantryman and also features a 3,500-square-foot gallery honoring cavalry to armored units.
By the Numbers:
2009: Year the museum opened
1845: Historical artifacts on display today
70,000-plus: Artifacts from the museum’s collection
36: Walkthroughs, interactive kiosks and videos to experience
42: Individual monuments, including Vietnam and WWII ones
Photo courtesy of NationalInfantryMuseum.com called ‘Follow Me’ of soldier Gene Wyles, a South Carolina farmer.