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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 26 (search)
from the Secretary of War, and his face assumed a broad smile as he said: Well, the serious Stanton is actually becoming facetious. Just listen to what he says in his despatch: Your telegram and Parke's report of the scrimmage this morning are received. The rebel rooster looks a little the worse, as he could not hold the fence. We have nothing new here. Now you are away, everything is quiet and the tormentors vanished. I hope you will remember General Harrison's advice to his men at Tippecanoe, that they can see as well a little farther off. Three tiny kittens were crawling about the tent at the time. The mother had died, and the little wanderers were expressing their grief by mewing piteously. Mr. Lincoln picked them up, took them on his lap, stroked their soft fur, and murmured: Poor little creatures, don't cry; you'll be taken good care of, and turning to Bowers, said: Colonel, I hope you will see that these poor little motherless waifs are given plenty of milk and trea