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[302] apparatus for cooking, or preparing needed dishes for the sick, she would manage to make barrels of delicious coffee, manufacture panada and gruel out of hard tack, and other food for the sick from the most unpromising materials.

It is said that soon after General Grant took command at Chattanooga, in the autumn of 1863, she visited his headquarters, and in her rough, blunt way, said to him, “Now, General, don't be a fool. You want your men to do a great deal of hard fighting, but the surgeons here, in the hospitals, are neglecting them shamefully, and you will lose hundreds of men who would do you good service unless you see to it yourself. Disguise yourself so that the surgeons or men won't know you, and go around to the hospitals and see for yourself how the men are neglected.”

“But, Mrs. Bickerdyke,” said the general, “that is the business of my medical director, he must attend to that. I can't see to every thing in person.”

“Well,” was her reply, “leave it to him if you think best; but if you do, you will lose your men.” The general made no promises, but a night or two later the hospitals were visited by a stranger, who made very particular inquiries, and within a week nearly half a dozen surgeons were dismissed, and more efficient men put in their places.

After the capture of Atlanta, Mrs. Bickerdyke returned northward, stopping for a time, we believe, at Nashville. In January, 1865, she went to Savannah to superintend one of the hospitals there.

Generous to a fault, Mrs. Bickerdyke has never been influenced, even in the slightest degree, by mercenary

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