More War and Armistice Anecdotes (Post No.9396)


Post No. 9396

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President Lincoln one day remarked to a number of personal friends who had called upon him at the White House:

General Mc clellans tardiness and unwillingness to fight the enemy or follow up advantages gained reminds me of a man back in Illinois who knew a few law phrases but whose lawyer lacked aggressiveness. The man finally lost all patience and springing to his feet vociferated:

Why don’t you go at him with a girl.fa., a demurrer, a capias, a sure butter or a me exea at or something; or a nundam pactum or a non est?

I wish Mc Clellan would go at the enemy with something. I don’t care what. General McClellan is a pleasant and a scholarly gentleman. He is an admirable engineer, but he seems to have a special talent for a stationary engine.


In the first of December of the First World War Admiral Beatty received a radiogram from Sir George Warrender from his ship,

‘Scarborough being shelled, I am proceeding toward Hull’.

Lord Beatty replied:

‘Are you? I am going to Scarborough’ .


Stories concerning clashes between Lincoln and the inadequate General Mc Clellan are common. Lincoln deemed it necessary for McClellan to report frequently and the general chaffed at this.

One time he sent the President the following telegram from the field:

President Abraham Lincoln

Washington DC

‘Have just captured six cows. What shall we do with them?’

George B Mc Clellan


Lincoln promptly wired:

General George B Mc Clellan

Army of the Potomac

As to six cows captured- milk them.

A Lincoln


Armistice Anecdotes

When the German delegation came to Marshall Foch at the end of the war to ask for armistice terms, the Frenchman picked up a paper from his desk and read a set of conditions.

But there must be some mistake , the leader of the German officers stammered in dismay. There are terms which no civilised nation could impose on another!

I am very glad to hear you say so, replied Foch gravely.

“No, gentlemen these are not our terms. They are the terms imposed on Lille by the German commander when that city surrendered” .


After the surrender of Lee to Granters , to salute the at Appomattox Court House, the Union Soldiers began, without orders, to salute the latter with cannon; but General, Grant directed the firing to cease, lest it should wound the feelings of the prisoners, who, he said, we were still their countrymen.

((Armistice Day (which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays) is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the Armistice of 11 November 1918 signed between the Allies of World War I and the German Empire at CompiègneFrance, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning, the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

Most countries changed the name of the holiday after World War II to honor veterans of that and subsequent conflicts. Most member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted the name Remembrance Day, and the United States chose Veterans Day.””



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