Nillie The War Chick

Nellie the war chicken

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The chickens that saved Western civilization were discovered, according to legend, by the side of a road in Greece in the first decade of the fifth century B.C. The Athenian general Themistocles, on his way to confront the invading Persian forces, stopped to watch two cocks fighting and summoned his troops, saying: “Behold, these do not fight for their household gods, for the monuments of their ancestors, for glory, for liberty or the safety of their children, but only because one will not give way to the other.”   

The tale does not describe what happened to the loser, nor explain why the soldiers found this display of instinctive aggression inspirational rather than pointless and depressing. In the book Nellie the War Chick, Civil War reenactors David Chaltas portrays Robert E Lee, David wrote the long version which includes other Confederate officers.  Click Here to Order Now