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Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 9 (search)
ng in minstrels. Brudder Bones came a little of the professional by asking his friend: What can yer play on dat banjo? Anyting, says the unwary friend. Well, den, play a game oa billiards! Can't play no billiards! kin play a tune, cries the indignant friend. Well den, if yer kin play a tune, jis play a pon-toon! All to the inextinguishable delight of the engineers. After the play the good Colonel, who is one of the salt of the earth, insisted on my taking pigs' feet as a supper. March 6, 1865 I think I must relate to you a small story which they have as a joke against Major-General Crawford. As the story will indicate, the Major-General has some reputation for possessing a decided admiration of the looks and figure of his own self. There came to the army a young artist, who was under a certain monied person. The young artist was to make models for bronze medallions, and the monied person was to sell the same and take the profits, if any. He proposed to model the command