A Washington Anecdote

November 30, 2006

I found this in a Teaching Company catalog the other day.  I don’t know the source or whether it’s true, but it should be:

Early in the Revolutionary War, General George Washington sent an office to requisition horses and draft animals from the local population.  The officer stopped at a stately country mansion and was received by an old woman — the mistress of the estate.  The officer told her he was there to procure her horses in the name of the new government.

The woman, angry at the presumption of the officer, demanded to know who had issued the order to seize property from civilians.  The officer replied with great dignity, “The order has been given by no less an authority than General George Washington.”

The old woman broke into a wide smile and replied, “Go back and tell General George Washington that his mother says he cannot have her horses!”


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