Two water buffalo currently reside at Middleton Place where they are being trained to work as draft animals. Middleton Place was home to the first water buffalo in the United States. They were imported from Constantinople to plow the rice fields. In 1865, there were eleven water buffalo at Middleton Place. Union troops butchered five and drove the others off. Shortly thereafter, three of the other water buffalo appeared at the Central Park Zoo in New York City and were affectionately referred to as "General Sherman's water buffalo."