Robert E. Lees Cats, Baxter, Tom "the Nipper" and Tom Tita

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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
By Robert Edward Lee Page 248

Our feline companions are flourishing. Young Baxter is groing in gracefulness and favour, and gives cat like evidences of his future worth. He possesses thefashoinable color of 'moonlight on the water,' and is strictly aristocratic in appearance and conduct. Tom, surnamed 'The Nipper,' from the manner in which he slaughters our enimies, the rats and the mice, is admired for his gravity and sobriety, as well as his strict attention to the pursuits of his race. They both feel your abscence sorely.

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In the midst of this wild, lonely life he was ever true to his faith in Christ, which he had professed after the Mexican war.

There was at Arlington a large yellow cat, called Tom Tita. All the family were fond of him, and Colonel Lee among the rest. This led him to write home about the cats he saw in his travels. He told once of a cat called by his mistress Jim Nooks. He was a great pet, but at last died from eating too much. He had coffee and cream for breakfast, pound cake for lunch, turtle and oysters for dinner, buttered toast and Mexican rats, taken raw, for supper. He was very handsome, but his "beauty could not save him." The kindness of his mistress was his ruin.

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Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) Career army officer (Confederate army General during the American Civil War)

Lee had several cats tha he referred to often in letters to his family: "I am very solitary and my only company is my dog and cats. Spec [a dog] has become so jealous now that he will hardly let me look at the cats." He chose cats to share his tent at Camp Cooper partly for mousing, and partly for company.

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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
By Robert Edward Lee Page 248

Our feline companions are flourishing. Young Baxter is groing in gracefulness and favour, and gives cat like evidences of his future worth. He possesses thefashoinable color of 'moonlight on the water,' and is strictly aristocratic in appearance and conduct. Tom, surnamed 'The Nipper,' from the manner in which he slaughters our enimies, the rats and the mice, is admired for his gravity and sobriety, as well as his strict attention to the pursuits of his race. They both feel your abscence sorely.


In the midst of this wild, lonely life he was ever true to his faith in Christ, which he had professed after the Mexican war.

There was at Arlington a large yellow cat, called Tom Tita. All the family were fond of him, and Colonel Lee among the rest. This led him to write home about the cats he saw in his travels. He told once of a cat called by his mistress Jim Nooks. He was a great pet, but at last died from eating too much. He had coffee and cream for breakfast, pound cake for lunch, turtle and oysters for dinner, buttered toast and Mexican rats, taken raw, for supper. He was very handsome, but his "beauty could not save him." The kindness of his mistress was his ruin.

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How does a cat commit its life to Christ?
Also, that's too much food for a cat...
 
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