T 2:37 Breeder Joseph Hetzel. Foaled May 1,1854 in Orange County, NY, Volunteer was son of the mare Lady Patriot & the most productive and illustrious sire of trotting stock in the 19th century, Rysdyks Hambletonian. Full brother to Sentinel. Alden Goldsmith of Washingtonville (town of Blooming Grove), NY purchased Volunteer in 1861. Prior to his purchase the horse was known as Hambletonian Jr. With patriotic sentiment high because of the Civil War his name was changed to Volunteer. Volunteer was a bay with just a few white hairs around his left coronet. He stood 15.3 hands and was considered to be his sires most handsome heir. His reputation as a progenitor of first-rate trotters began about 1871; however it was the wide distribution of prints created in 1869 by lithographic forms of H.C. Eno & Mayer& Merkel of New York that increased the patronage of the stallion. Volunteer lived to the extraordinary age of thirty-four. It was said he stood pre-eminent among trotting sires as the one horse who never quit. Among the great horses he sired were St. Julien, Driver, and Huntress. The campaigns of his descendants made the gameness, consistency and stamina of the Volunteer line renowned for all time. He died on December 12, 1888 at Walnut Grove Farm, Washingtonville, NY
Alternately known as Volunteer (55), Goldsmiths Volunteer and Hambletonian Jr Died 1889 Held Pre-Standard record of 2:37. The Great Sire of Trotters. VOLUNTEER [1854-1889] Hall of Fame 1998.