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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 9 (search)
as he replied: Well, no; I was n't there myself. I had some business in another direction. He did not explain to her that Vicksburg was at that time commanding something of his attention. Said she: I notice our boys got away with lots of 'em Conestoga hosses up thah, and they brought lots of 'em back with 'em. We've got a pretty good show of 'em round this section of country, and they're jes the best draft-hosses you ever see. Hope the boys'll get up thah ag'in soon, and bring back some moro my bahn last night, and stole the only boss I had, and I want you to send some of your folks out to find him and bring him back. The general listened to her story, and when she had finished remarked quietly: Madam, perhaps it is one of those Conestoga horses you spoke of that belong up in Pennsylvania, and some of our men have made up their minds to take him back home. The old lady at this remark was rather crestfallen, and said with a grin: Well, I reckon you've got me on that; but you Yan