Nillie the civil war chick
As an African American, I consciously decided to think based on my intellect rather than my skin color. I enjoy participating in Civil War reenactments, as they allow me to learn from the descendants of American Civil War soldiers and their reenactors. During one such reenactment, I was fascinated by a story I heard about Robert E. Lee’s pet chicken.
That’s right—a pet chicken. The story is about a little black hen. This very interesting story led me to examine historical references to a great battlefield leader who had an authentic affection for a chicken. But maybe just learn it generally reflected upon an ancient tradition click here
“Nillie the Civil War chick”
The chicken incident occurred in 1862 when a Virginia farmer gave Robert E. Lee a flock of chickens. However, Confederate General John Bell Hood’s men ate all of them except for one little black hen that managed to survive. As I dove deeper into my research, I discovered this information. I know it is inappropriate to share stories outside of the classroom, but I believe this story may be true.
In July of 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia suffered a defeat at the hands of the Union in a place called Gettysburg. As the Southern army prepared to return to Virginia, General Lee suddenly realized that his pet hen was missing from her usual spot. “Where is the hen?” he asked in a concerned tone. By this time, the soldiers knew about the hen, and her absence caused much concern. The retreat came to a halt as the men looked for the hen.
The General himself joined in the hunt.
I consider this hen a fortunate bird, and I feel privileged to contribute to recounting the story of Robert E. Lee’s pet hen from an African-American point of view about his cook, William Mack Lee. The story is based on genuine historical facts. However, the story is narrated by “Nellie,” the chicken.
Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general during the American Civil War, is celebrated for his love and affection towards his soldiers and his home state of Virginia. His legacy has inspired tales and legends that are very well documented, making him an icon of the era.
An icon of the era, there is a purpose for everyone in this wide and wonderful world – at least, that’s what I believe as a fledgling artist and writer.