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Food for starving troops.

While Colonel Parker was so engaged, I sat near the end of the sofa on which General Sheridan was sitting, and we entered into conversation. In the midst of it, General Grant, who sat nearly diagonally across the room and was talking with General Lee, turned to General Sheridan and said:

General Sheridan, General Lee tells me that he has some 1,200 of our people prisoners, who are sharing with his men, and that none of them have anything to eat. How many rations can you spare?”

General Sheridan replied: “About 25,000.”

General Grant turned to General Lee and said: “General, will that be enough?”

General Lee replied: “More than enough.”

Thereupon General Grant said to General Sheridan, “Direct your commissary to send 25,000 rations to General Lee's commissary.”

General Sheridan at once sent an officer to give the necessary orders.

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