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ANECDOTES, POETRY, AND INCIDENTS.

ANECDOTE OF GENERAL GRANT. pains all the while to make loud professions of The following was told by an officer of Gen

| loyalty. The lieutenants ate as much as they eral Grant's staff':

could of the not over-sumptuous meal, but which The hero and veteran, who was citizen, cap

was, nevertheless, good for that country, and detain, colonel, brigadier and major-general within

manded what was to pay. “ Nothing." And a space of nine months, though a rigid disciplin

they went on their way rejoicing. arian, and a perfect Ironsides in the discharge ofl. In the mean time General Grant, who had his official duties, could enjoy a good joke, and

nd halted his army a few miles further back for a is always ready to perpetrate one wben an oppor

| brief resting-spell, came in sight of, and was tunity presents. Indeed, among his acquaint

rather favorably impressed with, the appearance ances, he is as much renowned for his eccentric

of this same house. Riding up to the fence in humor as he is for his skill and bravery as a com

front of the door, he desired to know if they mander.

would cook him a meal. When Grant was a brigadier in South-east |

“No,” said a female in a gruff voice; “ GenMissouri, he commanded an expedition against

on against eral Grant and his staff have just been here and the rebels under Jeff. Thompson, in North-easte

n North-east eaten everything in the house except one pumpArkansas. The distance from the starting-point of the expedition to the supposed rendezvous of

us of

..

“Humph,” murmured Grant; "what is your the rebels was about one hundred and ten miles, and the greater portion of the route lay through

“ Selvidge,” replied the woman. a howling wilderness. The imaginary suffering. Casting a half-dollar in at the door, he asked that our soldiers endured during the two first

if she would keep that pie till he sent an officer days of their march was enormous. It was im- | for it, to which she replied that she would. possible to steal or “confiscate" uncultivated real

That evening, after the camping-ground had estate, and not a hog, or a chicken, or an ear of

an ear of | been selected, the various regiments were noticorn was anywhere to be seen. On the third fied t

he third fied that there would be a grand parade at halfday, however, affairs looked more hopeful, for a / past six, for orders. Officers would see that their few small specks of ground, in a state of martial men all turned out, etc. cultivation, were here and there visible. On! In five minutes the camp was in a perfect upthat day, Lieutenant Wickfield, of an Indiana roar, and filled with all sorts of rumors; some cavalry regiment, commanded the advance-guard, |

thought the enemy were upon them, it being so consisting of eight mounted men. About noon he

unusual to have parades when on a march. came up to a small farm-house, from the outward

At half-past six the parade was formed, ten appearance of which he judged that there might columns deep, and nearly a quarter of a mile in be something fit to eat inside. He halted his length. company, dismounted, and with two second lieu-l. Alter.

| After the usual routine of ceremonies the Acttenants entered the dwelling. He knew that ling Assistant Adjutant-General read the followGrant's incipient fame had already gone out ing order: through all that country, and it occurred to him HEAD-QUARTERS, ARMY IN THE FIELD. that by representing himself to be the general

SPECIAL ORDER No. — be might obtain the best the house afforded. So, Lieutenant Wickfield, of the Indiana cavassuming a very imperative demeanor, he ac- alry, having on this day eaten everything in Mrs. costed the inmates of the house, and told themselvidge's house, at the crossing of the Tronton he must have something for himself and staff and Pocahontas and Black River and Cape Girar. to eat. They desired to know who he was, and deau roads, except one pumpkin pie, Lieutenhe told them that he was Brigadier-General | Grant. At the sound of that name they flew an escort of one hundred cavalry and eat that around with alarming alacrity, and served up pie also.

U. S. GRANT, about all they had in the house, taking great |

Brigadier-General Commanding:

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