Wednesday, January 02, 2008

[New York]: the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant - Rumnations on Mexican Pack Mules

On trying to load army gear onto pack mules:
"It took several hours to get ready to start each morning, and by the time we were ready some of the mules first loaded would be tired of standing so long with their loads on their backs. Sometimes one would start to run, bowing his back and kicking up until he scattered his load; others would lie down and try to disarrange their loads by attempting to get on top of them by rolling on them; others with tent poles for part of their loads would manage to run a tent pole on one side of a sapling while they would take the other. I am not aware of ever having used a profane expletive in my life; but I would have the charity to excuse those who may have done so, if they were in charge of a train of Mexican pack mules at the time."

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At 5:08 PM, Blogger melinama said...

HAH! I feel so vindicated! Even a great general like Grant can't put one over on a long-ear!

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous David McKnight said...

Perhaps this was the mules' way of pointing out that there are limits to any self-respecting mule's forebearance.


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