Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The effect of the successes of Burnside and Foote . . .

. . . is very perceptible in all quarters. The contrabands, as may well be supposed, are not indifferent. One of them quietly inquired, recently as follows:

“Can you tell why it is that Master Burnside found that it took five northerners to equal one Southerner?

“No,” replied we, “How is it?”

“Why, sir, it takes four Northerners to catch one Southerner – her runs so fast – and then it takes the other Northerner to whip him!”

Pretty good for a contraband.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, April 14, 1862, p. 2

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