From the National Tribune, 6/25/1903

HE ATE THE DOG.

            J. M. Emery, Ulysses S. Grant Post, 28, Chicago, writes: “I was on Belle Isle about five weeks in February and March, 1864, and have a vivid recollection of the fate of the little ‘rat-and-tan’ that followed the Doctor, referred to by Corp’l Gosby, in a late issue of The National Tribune. The little dog was captured and slain by a hungry Yankee. He was detected in the act of devouring choice bits of the ‘rat-and-tan’s’ anatomy, and, as a punishment, was compelled to eat the whole dog. Having successfully disposed of the edible(?) remains, he made a cap of the skin and wore it to Andersonville. Years afterward, when I told the story at a Campfire in Iowa, a lady said she had heard the story before. She married the man who had eaten the ‘rat-and-tan.’”

 

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