and went on much comforted.
himself rode to the same door, and asked for food.
has just left here,” he was told, “and has eaten everything.”
“Umph,” said Grant
A pie did remain; and for this the general gave the woman fifty cents, requesting her to keep it until called for. Riding on to camp, he ordered grand parade at once; and to the astonished assembly the acting assistant adjutant-general read the following order: “Lieutenant
W. of the Indiana Cavalry, having on this day eaten everything in Mrs. Selvidge
's house, at the crossing of the Ironton and Pocahontas
and Black River
and Cape Girardeau roads, except one pumpkin pie, Lieutenant
W. is hereby ordered to return with an escort of one hundred cavalry, and eat that pie also.”
Whether authentic or not, the story is very like Grant
in several ways.
The lieutenant could have been with propriety severely