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The Battle of Germantown may have been an overall loss, but there was one small win for the Colonies on October 6: a short cease fire was called so the Americans could return a small dog to his owner...his British owner, Sir William Howe. A terrier with Howe's name on his collar had been found unharmed but grubby on the battlefield. Washington had the little guy cleaned and fed, then escorted back to Howe under a flag of truce with a note:
General Washington's compliments to General Howe - He does himself the pleasure to return him a dog,Strikeouts are as in original note (and the habit of addressing nobility obviously dies hard, it seems). Want to see it? I found it here.
which by its collar appears to belong to himaccidentally fell into his hands, and by the inscription on the collar appears to belong to his Excellency Sir WilliamGeneral Howe.
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