Louisa May Alcott's Army Mules Were People, Too

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JPK Huson 1863

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" A well trained mule can be driven up a tree or down a well ". It really pays to read these old treasures. We're on a mule roll here on CWT and I'm enjoying it hugely, thanks for posting!
 

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Stanton Allen, in his memoir, Down in Dixie: life in a cavalry regiment in the war days, from the Wilderness to Appomattox (1893), waxed poetic in an elegant

OWED TO THE MULE.

The shades of night were falling fast,​
As through "Virginny" mud-holes passed​
A mule who bore upon his back​
The soldiers' rations of hard tack​
And salt pork!​
"Make way!" the hungry soldiers cried.​
"Make way!" — they surely would have died​
But for the coming of the beast,​
Who brought the boys a royal feast​
From way back!​
"E-yah-hah! yah-hah!" brayed the mule.​
The soldiers cursed him, as a rule,​
But when the grub came they would say:​
"Hurrah! the mule has saved the day.​
God bless him!"​
Then in the thickest of the fight​
The mule was brought both day and night,​
With ammunition in his pack​
To save our boys from falling back​
For cartridges!​
The mule amid the fire and smoke​
Stood firm — sometimes the mule was "croaked”​
By rebel bullet — in that hell;​
He faced the fire and rebel yell​
Unflinching!​
The years roll on, but strange to say,​
While every dog must have his day,​
The army mule no praise receives.​
He's dying with old age and heaves,​
A veteran!​
A quarter century has gone​
Since Boys in Blue have heard the song​
Of army mules — but all will say.​
The mule helped whip the Boys in Gray-​
"E-yah-hah!"​
 
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