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This future Civil War General had never seen a watermelon before he arrived to America. In throwing a party for his friends, he asked the drug store’s apprentice how to cook it and the boy told him to boil it, put it into dishes and eat it with a spoon. After he tried to boil the watermelon, his friends came into the store and started laughing at him: he had spoiled it! Name this Civil War General.

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Patrick Cleburne

Irish immigrant and future general Patrick Cleburne took up residence in Helena, Arkansas, where he encountered his first watermelon. Having never seen one before he asked how to eat it. His mischievious friends told him to boil it for three hours, rind and all, which he did. As he was sitting down to a bowlful he caught sight of his friends outside the window laughing, and realized he'd been had! He grabbed the ladle and chased after them - don't know if he caught them but the ladle would have had a workout if he did! However, he should have had an odd sweetener called 'watermelon molasses'.
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/civil-war-era-recipes.18381/post-216043
 
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This future Civil War General had never seen a watermelon before he arrived to America. In throwing a party for his friends, he asked the drug store’s apprentice how to cook it and the boy told him to boil it, put it into dishes and eat it with a spoon. After he tried to boil the watermelon, his friends came into the store and started laughing at him: he had spoiled it! Name this Civil War General.

credit: @stuart1861
Patrick R. Cleburne (1828-1864).
 
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