Captain Knott V. Martin's Pig

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It is four o’clock in the afternoon when a messenger rides up to the house of Captain Knott V. Martin. The captain has killed a pig and is ready to dress it, when the messenger hands him a slip of paper. With knife in hand he reads it: “You are ordered to appear with your company on Boston Common at the earliest possible moment.” He throws down his knife to put on the uniform. Mrs. Martin asks what he will do with the pig and Captain Martin says the pig isn’t important anymore. Not an instant does he wait; the members of his company must be summoned, his knapsack packed.


Charles Carleton Coffin Drum-Beat of the Nation (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1915)


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