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Gen. Grant As A Joker

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Day
3
Month
July
Year
1863
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Public Domain
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From the Spirit of the West. The hero and voteran; who waa citizen, Captain, Colonel, Brigadier and Major General Avithin a space of nine motiths, though a rigid disciplinarian, and a perfect Ironsides in he discharge of hiu official di'ties, could enjoy a good joke, and is always ready to perpétrate one when an opportunity offers. Indeed, among his acquaintances, he is as much renowned for his eccentriu humor, as he is for his skill and bravery as a commander. Whcn Grant was a Brigadier in southeaat Missouri, he commanded an expedition agaiust the rebels undor Jeff Thompson in northeast Arkansas. The distance from the starting point of the expudition to the supposed rendezvous was about one hundred and ten miles, and the greater part ol the route lay through a bowling wilderness. The imaginary suffering that our soldiere endured during the first two days of their march was enormous. It wasimpossible to steal or confíscate real estato vvhich was uncultivated, and not a hog, or a chicken, or an ear of corn was anywhere to be seen. On the third day, however, things looked a little more hopeful, for a few small specks of ground, in a etate of partial cultivation, were here and there visible. On that day, Lieut. Wickfield, of an Indiana cavalry regiment, commanded the advance guard, consisting of 80 mounted mee. About noon, he carne p to a small farm house, from the outward appearance of which he jndged that there might be soinethihg fit to eat inside. He halted his company, dismounted, and with two Second Lieutenanta entered the dwelling. He knew that Grant's incipient iame fhad already eone out through all that country, and it occurved to him that by representing himsolf to be tho Genera!, he might obtain the best the house afforded. So, assuming a very imperative derneanor, he accosted the inmates of the house, and to'd them he must have something for himself and staflf to eat. They desired to know who ho was, and he told them that he was General Grant. At the sound of that name thpy flew round wíth alarming'hlaerity, and eerved up about all they had in the house, taking great pains all the while to inake loud professions of loyalty. The Lieutenants ate as much as "they could of the not over Bumptuous meal, but vvhich was, neverthele8s, good for tbat country, and demanded what was to pay - ''Nothing." And they went on their way rejoioing. In the meantime General Grant, who had halted his arrny a few miles iurther back, for a brief resting spell, carne in sightof, and was rather favorably impressed with this same house. Riding np to the fence in front of the door, he desircd to know if they would cook him a meal. "No," said a female in a grufl voice, "Gen. Grant and bis stnffhave jtist been here and eaten everythÏDg in the house except one pumpkin pie:" "Humph," ïnormure'd Grant, '-what is your name ?" "Selvidgu," replied the woman. Castins a half' dollar in at the door, he asked if she would keep that pie "Lili he sent an officer for it, to which she replied that she would. That evening, after the camping ground had been seleoted, the vanous regiments were notified that there would be n grand parade at half past sis for orders. Üfficera would see that their men all turn out, &c. In five minutes the camp was in a perlect uproar, and filled with all sorts of rumors; some thought that tho enemy was upen them, it being so unusual to have parades when on a march. At halt past six the parade was formed, ten columns deep, and nearly a quarter of a mile in le.igth. After the usual routine of ceremonies, the A. A. A. G. read the following order: IIEADQUARTERS, ARMÏ IN THE FIELD, Special Order, No. Lieut. Wickfleld, of the Indiana Cavalry, having on this day eaten everything in Mrs. Selvidge's house, at the crossing of the Ironton and Pocahontas, and Blask ]iiver and Cape Girardeau roads, excopt one pumpidn pie, Lieut. Wicküeld is hereby ordered to return with an escort of one hundred cavalrv, and eat that pie also. U. S. GRANT, Brig. Geu. Comd'g. Grant's orders were law, and no soldier ever attemptud to evade thern. - At geven o'clock tho Lieutenant filed out of camp with his ïiundred men, amid the cheers of the entiro arrny. - The escort concurred n stating that he devoured the whole of the pie, and seemed to relish it.

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