Homemade Pies and Dinners Served to Union Army Generals

Woman served dinner to the generals of any army passing by; others sold homemade pies to soldiers.

| Good Old Days

When the Union Army would be camping near my grandfather's farm, my grandmother would send my father and uncle with baskets of homemade pies to sell to the soldiers. If anyone along the way had pies or a message, they would take that, also. One morning they started early for the camp with two baskets of pies. A mile from their home lived a widow who was famous for serving dinners to the generals of the armies passing through. She asked the boys where they were going, and who was the general? The boys said there had been a battle, but they had not heard the general result. She clapped her hands with glee and said, "I have never fed General Result, so you boys be sure to bring him here to dinner."

Mrs. Jolm A. Kuntz
Denver, Colorado

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 

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