Twain a rebel
4-23-10

Intended to Drive Grant Into Pacific But Watterson Refused to Obey.

Samuel Clemens served only a short time in the Confederate Army, but he liked to tell of his experiences. In introduced Henry Watterson to an audience in Carnegie hall for an address at a meeting in commemoration of the ninety-second anniversary of Abraham Lincolns birth, he said:

"It is a remarkable fact that, with the whole country to pick from, you should have called upon two rebels. Colonel Watterson and myself, to take the principal parts in this great meeting. But are not the Blue and Gray one today! I was second lieutenant in the Confederate service. Watterson, here as colonel, rendered me such assistance as he could. If he had only strictly obeyed my orders I should have succeeded in my vast enterprise. It was my intention to drive General Grant into the Pacific. I told Colonel Watterson to surround the eastern armies and wait until I came. But he was insubordinate and the Union was saved.








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