Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 09:05 AM.

What would you do?

Two fellows from New York captured in North Carolina, given the choice to go to a civil war prison or swear allegiance to the other side.  I’m sure they said to themselves, “Let’s just do this until we can figure something else out.”

 Around March of 1865, the captain wrote, “Our picket line was in a swamp with thick undergrowth and while the Yankee picket line was not far away, we could not see whether it was a mere picket line or a line of battle.”

There was a problem.  The captain needed someone to climb up in a tree to see if they could get a look at the Yankees and what they were going up against.  The captain had determined that the Yankees were right on top of them and whoever climbed up in the tree was going to be shot (rather quickly).

The captain asked for a volunteer and even offered a day of rest for the fellow who would climb the tree.

One of the “New York Yankees” said he would do it. 

The captain penned, “And to my great surprise and somewhat to my gratification, one of my Yankee soldiers volunteered and went up the tree, but no new discovery was made and fortunately for him at least he was not fired on while up the tree.”

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