Grandfather's Cousin Tells Guerrillas to Get Their Own Dinner During the Civil War Raid

As Confederate guerrillas raid through Indiana, tavern owner shows her crust as she refuses demand by guerrillas to fix their dinner.

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Grandfather's cousin and her husband lived in southern Indiana and operated a tavern during the Civil War. General Morgan's guerrillas were coming, so her husband took their very fine mare way back in the woods, tied her in the brush and came home, where he hid under the bed. Cousin Mirandy took their money, of which they had considerable, and hid it in her voluminous clothes. General Morgan and his officers came stomping in and ordered her to get dinner. She told them if they wanted dinner to get it themselves. I don't know how good a cook she was, but at least she had plenty of crust.

Glen Smith
Gridley, Kansas


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